CCFA LogoPRESS RELEASE For immediate release 6/18/2012

Fireworks Dangers

The July 4th season is upon us and public safety officials caution the general population against the dangers of fireworks. Each year nationwide, on average, there are 10,000 injuries, 3 deaths, and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks. Don’t become a statistic!

The only personal-use fireworks that are legal in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.

The following devices are Illegal to use, store or sell in Connecticut:

Bottle rockets, firecrackers, black cats, lady fingers, roman candles, smoke bombs, party poppers, snakes, professional display aerial shells shot from mortar tubes, M-80’s, M-100’s, M-1000’s, Cherry Bombs, Blockbusters, Quarter Sticks and others.

Possession of these devices is in violation of:

CT General Statutes: 29-348 or 29-357 and/or 53-80a.

Illegal possession of explosives is a felony! Purchasing and transporting across state lines is a crime!

Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshals along with Law Enforcement and others in the Public Safety community urge you to enjoy your 4th of July season by taking your family to a legal, licensed, and permitted fireworks displays—and leave it to the professionals!

It’s safer; it’s legal, and a lot more fun!

Connecticut Career Fire Chief’s Association

Connecticut Fire Marshals Association

Connecticut Fire Chief’s Association

Connecticut State Firefighters Association

Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association

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