The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is reminding passengers who are flying this July 4th holiday to leave their fireworks at home because Fireworks don’t fly. Even the smallest sparklers should be left at home!
The FAA said in a statement that “Fireworks pose a significant fire risk to aircraft in the air and on the ground and are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.”
Passengers who violate the hazardous materials regulations may face civil penalties of up to $75,000 per violation, but penalties can run as high as $175,000 per violation in cases that involve death, serious illness, severe injury or substantial destruction of property. Criminal convictions resulting from hazardous materials violations can result in criminal fines and up to five years in prison.
However, passengers carrying fireworks may be subject to as many as 10 years in prison if they release a hazardous material that results in death or bodily injury.