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Before You Set Off Those Fireworks ...

State police want you to know the law, and the possible consequences of do-it-yourself fireworks displays.

From the desk of Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance:

The CSP and the State Fire Marshal want to remind Connecticut residents that fireworks are illegal in the State of Connecticut.

     The public has been overwhelmed with advertisements, signs and sales pitches of so-called fireworks. It is important to understand that the only legal “Fireworks” items in Connecticut are sparklers.

     The Fourth of July holiday always raises questions about what is legal as far as fireworks and sparklers are concerned. Many questions are received by State Troopers, Fire Marshals, Resident Troopers, and local Police statewide regarding fireworks.  The questions reveal that many people are confused as to which “fireworks” can be used by citizens in our state.

     To avoid confusion and caution our citizens Connecticut Law 29-357 is very specific.

      Only sparklers are legal in the State of Connecticut. Sparklers are NON-EXPLOSIVE, NON-AERIAL devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture. Sparklers can only be legally used in Connecticut by person 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.  Many illegal exploding fireworks sold in other states are illegal here and have caused serious injury in the past.

     State Fire Marshal Robert Ross reported that a number of house fires and grass fires have been attributed to fireworks.

     “The danger that exists with these types of incidents, besides the damage to property, is the endangerment to human life. If a fire or explosion of any type causes damage or destruction, the intentional starting of that fire or intentionally causing that explosion could be designated as an arson, which is a Class C felony,”  Ross noted.

     The safest way to enjoy this year’s Independence Day celebration is to attend a public display conducted at a state approved site by Connecticut licensed pyrotechnicians listed here: Pulblic Fireworks Displays



Paula Kenney July 04, 2012 at 01:16 PM
so i don't get it - - - do these tents that are set up sell only sparklers? if not, how do they get a permit to sell?
san July 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Why don't you try patrolling Montville Manor .There are several nights that there have already been very loud explosions and have seen color in the skies.Getting really tired of it already and this happens near and around every holiday!

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