NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Display

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Provide public and operator safety around mortars, aerial shells, salutes, and other outdoor professional fireworks with the 2014 NFPA 1123.

NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Display provides information on how professional outdoor fireworks displays are to be set up in order to protect both the safety of the workers handling the fireworks and those attending the fireworks display.

Trust this important Code for comprehensive safety guidelines, such as how to:

  • Safely set up/install a professional fireworks display form the ground, elevated platforms, and floating vessels and platforms
  • Determine how far away the audience should be from the fireworks displaying
  • Establish regulations for state certification of display operators
  • Establish permits for fireworks displays

Keep celebrations safe. Make sure you're up on important 2014 NFPA 1123 changes, including:

  • New provisions for separation distances for marine preparation areas were added as there are many fireworks display barges being loaded near inhabited buildings and navigable waterways.
  • Spectator distances from elevated display site were increased due to the increasing number of fireworks displays taking place from such sites. New annex material clarifies these requirements.

These changes make is easier for display operators to determine safety provisions for these types of displays and provide additional guidance for AHJs when issuing permits.

Prevent injuries to the viewing audience and fires that could cause property damage.

Everyone involved with such displays -- event and venue managers; state fire marshals, local AHJs, and other enforcing officials; insurance professionals, and display operators -- needs the 2014 NFPA 1123 to ensure compliance. (Softbound, 40 pp., 2014)

NFPA® 1123 Code for Fireworks Display 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 General
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Equivalency
1.4 Enforcement
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Requirements for Display Fireworks Aerial Shells and Equipment
4.1 Construction of Display Fireworks Aerial Shells
4.2 Storage and Transportation of Fireworks
4.3 Installation of Mortars
4.4 Installation of Buried Mortars
4.5 Installation of Mortar Racks
4.6 Requirements for Chain Fusing
Chapter 5 Display Site Selection
5.1 General
5.2 Minimum Spectator Separation Distance Requirements
5.3 Tents
Chapter 6 Floating Vessels and Floating Platforms
6.1 General
6.2 Construction
6.3 Platform Sizing Requirements
6.4 Operations
6.5 Communications
6.6 Personnel
6.7 Combustible Material
6.8 Marine Preparation Area Separation
Chapter 7 Rooftops, Other Structures, and Other Limited Egress Locations
7.1 General Conditions
7.2 Construction
7.3 Size Requirements
7.4 Egress Requirements
7.5 Rooftops and Other Structures
7.6 Operations
7.7 Flammable and Combustible Materials
Chapter 8 Operation of the Display
8.1 General Requirements
8.2 Firing of Shells
8.3 Ground Display Pieces
Chapter 9 Electrical Ignition of a Display
9.1 General
9.2 Design of Electrical Firing Units
9.3 Setup of Electrical Firing Units
9.4 Operation of the Electrical Firing Unit
9.5 Post-Display Operations
Chapter 10 Qualifications
10.1 Operator Qualifications
10.2 Assistants
10.3 Permits Required
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Recommended Regulations for Applications for Permits for the Outdoor Display of Fireworks
Annex C Suggested Requirements for Operator Licensing
Annex D Extract from American Pyrotechnics Association Standard 87-1, Standard for Construction and Approval for Transportation of Fireworks, Novelties, and Theatrical Pyrotechnics
Annex E Display Planning and Preparation
Annex F Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 1123
Annex G Informational References
Index