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North Haven Fire Department Warns Residents of Potential Dangers Associated with Illegal Fireworks Use

Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Connecticut

NORTH HAVEN — As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief Paul Januszewski and the North Haven Fire Department would like to warn residents of the potential dangers associated with illegal fireworks use.

Residents are reminded that it is illegal in Connecticut for non-professional, non-licensed individuals to purchase, use, possess or sell fireworks. Items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. Additionally, residents are prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

Sparklers and fountains, which are not considered fireworks in the state of Connecticut, may be sold, but may not legally be sold to, or used by persons younger than 16. Only sparklers and fountains, which are non-explosive and non-aerial, are legal in Connecticut.

Sky lanterns, which are airborne paper lanterns similar to mini hot air balloons, also create a serious fire and safety hazard. They are considered fireworks by Connecticut General Statutes and are also illegal for the general public to sell, possess or use. They can only be handled by a person holding a specific certificate.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018.

The North Haven Fire Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

Residents should always: 

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • 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. 

Illegal fireworks can also bring with them the potential for property damage, in addition to 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.