Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Enjoy Supervised Professional Fireworks Displays
Local fire departments supervise professional fireworks displays all over Massachusetts.
Unfortunately, children and adults continue to set off illegal fireworks that start fires and cause serious injuries to themselves and others.
Fireworks Can Be Deadly and Cause Severe Injuries
In the past decade (2008-2017), 45 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns injuries from fireworks (burns covering 5% or more of the body) according to the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS). Of these victims, 56% were children and youths under age 25. These victims are scarred for life.
All Fireworks Are Illegal in Massachusetts
The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens are illegal in Massachusetts. This includes 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. Sparklers burn at 1,800ºF.
It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.
Do Not Purchase Fireworks through Mail-Order or Online Catalogs
Do not purchase fireworks by mail. The government cannot prohibit the advertising and sale of fireworks by mail, but police do confiscate illegal shipments of fireworks. Many consumers attempting to circumvent the law have lost both their money and their fireworks.
Set a Good Example for Children
Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very dangerous fireworks are. Of fireworks-related burn injuries reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, 51% in the last 10 years (2007-2016) were caused to children under the age of 18. Almost 30% were children under age 10.
Fires Caused by Fireworks
In the past decade (2008-2017) there have been 784 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). The incidents caused 10 civilian injuries, four fire service injuries, and an estimated dollar loss of $1.9 million, which is high considering most fireworks fires are outdoor brush fires.