Illegally manufactured explosive devices are frequently referred to as fireworks because of their resemblance to a large firecracker. These items are commonly known as M-80’s, M-100’s, M-250’s, M-500’s, Cherry Bombs, Quarter Sticks, and Blockbusters. These devices and others of like construction are federally banned explosive devices and never should be referred to as fireworks.
Cherry Bombs: Commonly red in color with a green fuse, and approximately 18 inch in diameter.
Silver Salute: The tube is commonly silver in color with a green fuse, and approximately 1" inches long with a 9/16" diameter.
M-80’s: These devices are commonly red or brown in color with an average size of 1" long with a 5/8" diameter with an average explosive composition of .12 oz. detonation could cause injury to fingers, hands, eyes and face.
M-100 (Silver Salute): Average size of 2" long with a 1" diameter. The average explosive composition is .33 oz. Detonation can cause sever injury to the hands, arms, face, and body.
M-250: The average size is 3 inches long with a 1 inch diameter. The average explosive composition is .48 oz. Detonation can cause crippling/disfiguring injuries, or even death.
M-1000 (Quarter Stick): The average size is 6" inches long with an 1" diameter. The average explosive composition is .97 oz. Detonation can cause extremely severe injuries to the body, or even death.
Illegal explosive devices are not fireworks. These devices must be treated and handled as explosive devices as they are capable of causing sever injury or even death. Colors and sizes may very from those listed above.
If you find someone in possession of, and/or selling illegal explosive devices IMMEDIATELY notify the New Hampshire State Police, Permits and Licensing Unit or Explosives Unit, and the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office.