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Fire and Police Chiefs Remind Public That Fireworks are Illegal in Massachusetts

Jul 02, 2015 05:54PM ● Published by Kieran Gilman

(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by Tewksbury Chief of Police Timothy Sheehan and Fire Chief Mike Hazel.)

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 148, Section 39 – “it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts, or to purchase them legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state.  The law prohibits any article designed to produce a visible or audible effect.”  This law includes Class C fireworks which are sometimes falsely advertised as “safe and sane fireworks”.  These include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, and cherry bombs.  Sparklers burn at 1800° F. 

Local fire departments supervise firework displays all over Massachusetts.  Unfortunately, both children and adults continue to set off illegal fireworks that often start fires and cause serious injuries to themselves and others.
 

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/news/press/fireworks/lawenforcement.pdf

Fire Marshal’s fireworks webpage:

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs2/osfm/pubed/fs-topics/fs-topics-a/be-smart-leave-fireworks-to-the-professionals.html

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