For Immediate Release: June 25, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall 919-807-6011

Temporary Licenses for Pyrotechnics Operators Approved

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announces today that the Office of State Fire Marshal has the authority to issue one-time, temporary pyrotechnic licenses to experienced operators and assistants.

This is the first year that North Carolina is requiring operators and assistants to have state licenses to conduct pyrotechnic and proximate fireworks displays. The standard licenses expire after three years.

The Governor signed S.B. 992 this morning, which allows OSFM to issue temporary 30-day licenses in order to help with the high demand for pyrotechnics operators over the Fourth of July holiday. No temporary licenses will be issued after July 31. Individuals who receive a temporary license have not passed a pyrotechnics exam at the time of issuance and will need to pursue permanent certification to conduct future pyrotechnic displays after the temporary license expires.

To qualify for a temporary pyrotechnics license, an individual must:

If an individual fails to take the training course and exam within 60 days, he or she will be barred from applying for a pyrotechnics license until after Sept. 30, 2011.

More than 350 people have completed the training course and passed the exam to receive a three year operating license. A full list of operators and assistants and the status of their license can be found on the OSFM website,