Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Connecticut
As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief Robert Kalamaras and the Fairfield Police Department would like to warn residents of the potential dangers associated with illegal fireworks use.
Each year, Fairfield Police respond to an increasing number of fireworks complaints between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.
Fairfield Police remind residents 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.
“Every year during the summer months we see an increase in residents reporting illegal use of fireworks,” Chief Kalamaras said. “We ask that non-professional, non-licensed residents refrain from using fireworks as they are illegal and extremely dangerous. Instead, we encourage residents to go to community events where fireworks shows are being put on by licensed professionals.”
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018.
The Fairfield Police 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.
Residents may report the illegal use of fireworks within the Town of Fairfield by calling 203-254-4800.