Strong majority favor legalizing firecrackers - 663 participants

Feb 08, 2017

Many types of fireworks are currently legal in New Hampshire, including fountains, wheels and Roman candles. However, firecrackers, rockets, missiles, and devices designed solely to produce smoke can't be sold or possessed inside the Granite State. SB 23 would change that, legalizing firecrackers. Read more about this issue. On February 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH legalize firecrackers?”

“Should NH legalize firecrackers?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Legalize Firecrackers New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 663 participants gave 1,069 responses

A total of 86% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 663 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,069 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 192 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 89% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of legalizing firecrackers.  

  • “If you can buy mortars, there is no reason that you shouldn't be able to buy firecrackers.”
  • “They are just firecrackers. Just be careful with them and only have adults use them, just like the rest of the fireworks we sell.”
  • “People are going to buy them anyway. Legalize and tax them.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 11%, were opposed to legalizing firecrackers.  

  • “No… Firecrackers are simply noisemakers. They don't even have the plus of being awe-inspiring. Too much noise!”
  • “There are other ways to celebrate than by using explosives, and it's not as if the sound can be contained on the user’s property.”
  • “Are you kidding me? They are used to terrorize pets and neighbors.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Distinctions: “What's the difference between a firecracker and a firework?”
  • Clarifying status: “I was under the assumption that all fireworks are legal in New Hampshire.”
  • Municipal policy: “Plaistow won't even let you have bottle rockets.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

SB 23 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Mar 15, 2017

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