FAIRFIELD — As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief Christopher Lyddy and the Fairfield Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is illegal in Connecticut.
It is illegal in Connecticut for non-professional, non-licensed individuals to purchase, use, possess or sell fireworks. Items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. Additionally, residents are prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.
Sparklers and fountains, which are not considered fireworks in the state of Connecticut, may be sold, but may not legally be sold to, or used by persons younger than 16.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018.
The Fairfield Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“Unfortunately this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display in Fairfield has been cancelled due to social distancing and health concerns presented in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chief Lyddy. “While it saddens us that our residents will not be able to enjoy this year’s occasion, we would like to stress the importance of residents not attempting to create or engage in a fireworks display. Fireworks use by a non-licensed individual is illegal and could result in injuries if not handled properly.”
Residents should always:
- Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
- 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.