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Firefighters: Treat Sparklers, Fountains With Respect This Fourth of July

As Independence Day approaches, revelers should heed instructions, avoid illegal pyrotechnics like bottle rockets, roman candles and aerial shells, seek adult supervision when necessary — and always err on the side of safety.

To the Editor:

During this July Fourth season. public safety officials caution the public about the dangers of fireworks. Each year nationwide, on average, there are 10,000 injuries, three deaths and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks.

Remember: the only personal-use fireworks that are legal in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.

The following 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-80s, M-100s, M-1000s, Cherry Bombs, Blockbusters, Quarter Sticks and others. 

Illegal possession of explosives is a felony and purchasing and transporting across state lines is a crime.

Connecticut Fire Chief’s Association

Connecticut State Firefighters Association

Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association

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