Section 8-17-216.1

Use of pyrotechnics before a proximate audience.

(a) The use of pyrotechnics before a proximate audience shall comply with the requirements set out in the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience (NFPA 1126) as shall be adopted by the State Fire Marshal. For purposes of this article, the term "proximate audience" shall mean an indoor audience closer to pyrotechnic devices than permitted by the National Fire Protection Association's Code for Fireworks Display (NFPA 1123).

(b) No person shall use pyrotechnics before a proximate audience without first obtaining a permit therefor from the State Fire Marshal. An application for a permit for the use of pyrotechnics at an event with a proximate audience shall be filed with the State Fire Marshal not less than 10 days prior to the planned date of the event. The State Fire Marshal may accept an application for a permit under this section less than 10 days before the planned date of the event if accompanied by a fee of double the amount otherwise required.

(c) The request for a permit under subsection (b) shall be in the form and manner prescribed by the State Fire Marshal. The permit shall be in addition to any locally required permit or approval.

(d) A fee of one hundred dollars ($100) per event shall be submitted with each application.

(e) Where more than one event is to take place at the same location during the same calendar date, a separate application shall be filed for each event. The application fee for the second and subsequent events on the same calendar date shall be fifty dollars ($50) per event.

(f) The State Fire Marshal may prescribe such other and additional requirements associated with the use of pyrotechnics before a proximate audience as are deemed necessary for the safety of property and persons present at the proximate event location.

(g) All pyrotechnics found at an event with a proximate audience which does not have a permit shall be confiscated and destroyed by the State Fire Marshal or his or her designee.

(h) All fees collected pursuant to this section shall be paid into the Fire Marshal Revolving Fund for the enforcement of this article.

(Act 2003-378, p. 1068, §2.)