DEDHAM — With a recent increase in the usage of fireworks in Dedham and surrounding towns, Chief Michael D’Entremont and the Dedham Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts.
It is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Additionally, residents are prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.
Anybody found to be in possession of fireworks is subject to being summoned to court, and if convicted, fined in accordance with M.G. L. Ch 148 s 39, as well as forfeiture of any fireworks.
The Dedham Police Department has added special patrols for the upcoming weeks to respond to late night illegal fireworks activity in town and determine where they may be originating. Residents can make anonymous fireworks complaints at 781-326-1212. If known, residents should specify the originating direction or location of the fireworks.
From 2010-2019, 858 major fires and explosions were reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) due to the use of illegal fireworks. These incidents caused 12 civilian injuries, 40 firefighter injuries and a loss of approximately $2.9 million.
The Dedham Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“With social distancing still in place, we too, are disappointed with the cancellation of many professional fireworks celebrations this year,” said Chief D’Entremont. “Despite the circumstances, fireworks are always dangerous and illegal, and the personal use of fireworks should not be substituted for the lack of professional displays.”
Residents should always:
- Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
- Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
- Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the misuse of fireworks can cause death and injuries including severe burns, contusions, lacerations, eye injuries and more.