Enola Gaye smoke and BB grenades are becoming more and more popular on the airsoft field, but Tactical Airsoft Supply, a Utah based company, ran into issues with the Fire Marshal when carrying them. Apparently, the Utah stance on these pyrotechnic devices is that they are, technically, fireworks, and as such, are only for sale or use during certain firework-centric holidays. This affects both users and dealers of these products in Utah, and it is unknown how other states are viewing these devices. As with most things, it’s a good idea to check with your local laws and regulations if you plan on using pyrotechnic devices like these on the field.
We’ve reached out to TAS, the store that received the email, as well as Enola Gaye for comment, and will update this post when we get more information.
EDITED TO ADD TEXT OF FIRE MARSHAL EMAIL:
“I have received confirmation that the 1.4 smoke generator’s and grenades that you had to retail is in the classification as consumer grade fireworks and is only allowable by a fireworks permit during the fireworks sales and display seasons. If you could please inform your distributor that Layton City and State of Utah rules prohibit the distribution and sales of this type of 1.4 grade fireworks.
No person shall offer for sale or sell, at retail, any fireworks without a permit issued by the Fire Department.
(1) Include the name and address of the person, firm, or corporation applying for the permit;
(2) Describe the specific location where fireworks will be sold;
(3) Include evidence of commercial general liability insurance in an amount not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence and Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) aggregate; and
(4) Include any other information reasonably required by the Fire Department.
All of the above required information, including fees, shall be submitted no less than fourteen (14) days prior to the specified time period.
Douglas K. Bitton
Fire Marshal – Emergency Manager – Public Information Officer
Layton City Fire Department”