Question: What is the difference between a “bomb” and a “firework”?
Answer: Commonly understood, a “bomb” is an explosive device designed to release destructive material or force. The root concept is “destructive.” Bombs are not used for non-destructive purposes. Fireworks, on the other hand, are not designed to destroy—they are designed to amuse and delight by producing visible or audible effects. Although bombs certainly produce visible or audible effects, that is not their primary purpose. It is precisely this element of purpose or design which distinguishes bombs from fireworks, and the statute defining “firework” makes this clear. A “firework” is a composition or device designed for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect. Although fireworks can be destructive, they are not deliberately designed to be so, unlike a bomb.