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Possession of fireworks and sparklers is illegal in Massachusetts
Possession of fireworks and sparklers is illegal in Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With the Fourth of July less than two weeks away, it’s important to know Massachusetts fireworks laws. Although setting off fireworks at home may sound tempting, possession of fireworks is illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, more than 500 fires and explosions have been linked to illegal fireworks in the past five years, and more than 200 people have been treated for burns or other injuries caused by fireworks.


State law prohibits the possession, use and sale of fireworks without a permit and certification. This includes fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs and other fireworks purchased legally in another state.

Fireworks at home pose an extreme fire hazard, not only to you but also to your neighbors. It is important to be aware of the potential dangers posed by illegal fireworks.

“We were very busy fighting structure fires and grass fires on the night of the Fourth of July due to the use of illegal fireworks,” said Eric Littman, director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

Local fire departments say fireworks should be left to the professionals. Although Massachusetts has a total fireworks ban, there are several locations in Western Massachusetts and the surrounding area where fireworks are allowed.

Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson assured 22News that these licensed companies know how to use fireworks safely and put on a good show: “The professionals know how to do it. They can put on a great show and it will be a safe show. A great show and a safe show are not mutually exclusive. You can do both and it will be a lot of fun.”

Anyone in possession of fireworks or sparklers will face a fine of up to $100. In addition, all fireworks will be confiscated.

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By Aurora