Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Massachusetts
HULL — Chief John E. Dunn and the Hull Police Department wish to share an important reminder of several important safety tips as residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day at home and by the beach.
Fireworks of all kinds, including Class C fireworks — which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks” — are illegal to use, possess or sell in Massachusetts. Residents should also note that open burning is only legal in the state between Jan. 15 and May 1.
The Hull Police Department will take enhanced measures—including ramped up enforcement of beach parking regulations—in order to ensure that the ban on bonfires during the summer months is strictly adhered to and that fireworks are not being used at any time.
“As with every holiday, we want our residents to have fun and enjoy the time spent with family and friends,” Chief Dunn said. “However, it is our utmost priority and concern that all residents, regardless of their age, celebrate safely and responsibly. To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that residents refrain from illegal fireworks use, do not light bonfires and do not operate a vehicle while impaired.”
Below is some basic information on the fireworks law in Massachusetts:
What is prohibited by the law?
Private citizens may not use, possess or sell fireworks anywhere in Massachusetts, nor may they purchase them legally elsewhere and transport them into Massachusetts. The law prohibits any item designed to produce a visible or audible effect. Class C fireworks, which are also illegal in Massachusetts, include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more.
What are the penalties?
A fine of up to $100 and mandatory confiscation of the fireworks, which cannot be returned.
Is there any danger associated with fireworks?
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.
Illegal fireworks can also bring with them the potential for property damage, in addition to injury or fatality to human life. If a fire or explosion caused by legal or illegal fireworks causes injuries or damage, the person responsible could be charged with a criminal offense.
Additionally, the Hull Police Department reminds residents to be aware of these key safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Be mindful of pedestrians
- Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only
- Report illegal fires to the police
- Remember: alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix
- Keep pets indoors
The Hull Police Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:
- Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving
- Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-share service to get home safely
- Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911