TYNGSBOROUGH — As summer officially gets underway and the Fourth of July draws near, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is against the law 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.
The Tyngsborough Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“Watching fireworks may be fun, but can post a serious risk to users and bystanders when they aren’t handled by professionals,” said Chief Howe. “The misuse of fireworks often has serious repercussions, including possible bodily harm and property damage, and residents should not partake in the use of illegal fireworks under any circumstances.”
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.