Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
Dr. Dora B. Schriro - Commissioner
Colonel George Battle - Deputy Commissioner - Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 2, 2018
Connecticut State Troopers Urge Caution with Fireworks
Middletown, CT. (July 2, 2018): As the July 4th holiday period approaches, Connecticut State Troopers reminds Connecticut residents that fireworks are illegal in the State of Connecticut.
Over the past few weeks the public has been overwhelmed with advertisements, signs, and sales pitches of so-called “fireworks.” July 4th always raises questions about what is legal as far as fireworks are concerned. To avoid confusion, and to caution our residents, Connecticut Law (29-357) says:
Only sparklers and fountains, which are non-explosive and non-aerial, are legal in Connecticut. Sparklers and fountains can only be legally purchased and used by persons age 16 or older.
Novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. In addition to being illegal, exploding devices are dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Fireworks can also cause house fires 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.
The safest way to enjoy a fireworks display is to attend a public display conducted at a state approved site by Connecticut licensed pyrotechnicians.
Also, while enjoying the 4th of July holiday period 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. Aerosol cans and other types of garbage can potentially explode and become dangerous projectiles.