DIGHTON — As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief Robert L. MacDonald and the Dighton Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is illegal 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 2010-2019, 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 Dighton Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.
“There will be no town-sponsored fireworks display in Dighton this year, and it’s understandable that people will want to gather and celebrate the Fourth of July,” Chief MacDonald said. “But we must remind residents that fireworks are illegal, and not only that, they can cause serious injury to those not trained to use them. People are urged to find safe and alternative ways to celebrate this year.”
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.