There are no specific state wide laws or regulations on the
books in regards to fire performances. To confirm this, I asked
Jennifer Mieth of the state Department of Fire Services, who
in turn asked her experts about "fire eating and other theatrical
uses of fire". Here is their response:
"There are no specific written requirements for anything like
this, besides the requirements for open air fires (outside burning)
or open flame devices (candles). However, the local fire chief
would be well within his responsibilities to require that the
act must obtain a permit from the fire department (under MGL
148 Section 28 - condition that could cause or contribute to
the spread of fire). Under this fire department permit, the
chief could issue conditions and/or restrictions."
Additionally MGL Chapter 48 and 148 have additional regulations
regarding fire issues in the state, and are good reading if
you get into trouble.
I guess the best advice would be for you to see your local
fire chief to ask (1) if the local chief is requiring a permit,
and (2) if they are requiring a permit, what are the conditions
for the permit.
11 May 05