METHUEN — As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Mayor Neil Perry, Chief Joseph Solomon and the Methuen 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.
From 2010-19, 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.
“Please help keep yourself and your community safe by not using illegal fireworks,” said Chief Solomon. “Fireworks should not be used by non-licensed individuals as they may pose serious dangers if not used properly.”
The Methuen Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“While many of the usual fireworks celebrations have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind residents that they should not and cannot use fireworks themselves,” Mayor Perry said. “Unless handled by professionals, fireworks can pose a very serious risk of fire and personal injury.”
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.