BLACKSTONE — As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief Gregory Gilmore and the Blackstone 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 2010-2019, 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 Blackstone Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“While professional fireworks displays may be limited this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly urge that residents don’t attend any fireworks shows executed by non-licensed individuals,” Chief Gilmore said. “The illegal use of fireworks by those who aren’t properly trained could result in injuries, property destruction or legal ramifications. We ask that all residents refrain from using illegal fireworks and set good examples for children during these summer celebrations.”
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the misuse of fireworks can cause death and injuries including severe burns, contusions, lacerations, eye injuries and more.