I realize some people have started shooting off fireworks already, but in an effort to perform a bit of a public service, I thought it would be a good idea to link to this story to remind everyone to be careful. The vast majority of injuries in fireworks accidents are suffered by children, young boys in particular.
My rule of thumb, for whatever it’s worth? If you don’t have ready access to a field and supervision by someone 18 or older, you shouldn’t even be handling them (and I’m talking about sparklers, Roman candles, that sort of thing – small cap explosives should still be supervised because they can cause injury; also, M-80s shouldn’t even be part of this discussion).
And if you want to read about something truly bizarre, this tells you about how Pennsylvania residents can go into a fireworks store to look around, but if you haven’t filled out a permit application, then you can’t purchase them (sensible), but if you’re from New York, you can get them without a problem even though fireworks are illegal there (weird).