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Pyrotechnic Operator Certification

During the 2009 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 563 and created N.C. General Statute 58-82A-1 aimed at preventing pyrotechnic disasters and/or tragedies from occurring in North Carolina. The new law requires anyone discharging/operating pyrotechnics or proximate explosives to attend a training course and earn a pyrotechnics operator license before conducting a pyrotechnics display in North Carolina, effective February 1, 2010.

The licensing process is handled by the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal. For more information please contact Rob Roegner, at 919-647-0098 or e-mail at, or Ashley Searles at 919-647-0029 or email at

North Carolina Law Prohibits any “On-Site” certified personnel from handling pyrotechnic materials. All Pyrotechnic businesses desiring to have assistants handle pyrotechnics should contact the Rob Roegner at or Ashley Searles at the Office of State Fire Marshal as soon as possible. An approved application and fee of 30 dollars will be required prior to being allowed to test, and a testing fee of 10 dollars will be required each time the test is taken. For out of state operator license holders, all valid out of state Pyrotechnic and/or Proximate license holders will automatically qualify for a North Carolina Operator’s Assistant License without examination. An Assistant’s application and all of the supporting documentation, as well as a $30 application fee will be required prior to the issuance of an Assistant’s License.