Are You Sure You Know Which Types of Fireworks Are Legal in Connecticut?
With the July 4th weekend just about here, I'm sure that you or someone you know will be celebrating with fireworks. But do you know which fireworks are legal and which ones will get you into trouble?
First off, just remember that any type of fireworks are extremely dangerous and can cause injury. Even something as simple as sparklers can cause serious burns, and adults should always supervise children when using these type of Fireworks.
To help avoid any confusion, here is a list supplied to us by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection:
Here's what's legal in Connecticut:
Only sparklers and fountains, which are non-explosive and non-aerial and can only be legally purchased and used by persons age 16 or older.
Whats not legal in Connecticut:
Novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use.
In addition to being illegal, exploding devices are dangerous, and have the potential for causing major injuries. These aerial fireworks can also cause house and grass fires.
Illegal fireworks can bring with them not only the potential for property damage, but could cause 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.
Also, while you're enjoying the holiday weekend, keep safety in mind around backyard bon-fires and fire pits. Before starting a bon-fire or fire pit, check town regulations, store water nearby, supervise children around open fire, and don’t throw garbage into the fire.
We want you to have a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend.