To: Head of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: June 1, 2003
Re: July 4 Advisory

The Summer fireworks season is fast approaching. Final plans for the Fourth of July fireworks displays are taking place and precautionary planning becomes increasingly important. Advance planning is necessary to respond appropriately should problems be encountered the day or evening of the display. While the primary concern is the prevention of accidents that have the potential to injure, other issues of non-compliance can still occur the day of the display. Compliance is available now to assist with site inspections, natural barrier approval and other regulatory questions.

Once again, it is strongly recommended that the same procedures be followed this year where a representative of your department takes a close look at the display during the setup process in the late afternoon daylight hours. This procedure provides the best opportunity to inspect and correct any compliance issues and insure a safe and successful fireworks display.

Please be assured that once again the Department of Fire Services - Office of the State Fire Marshal stands ready to provide the highest possible level of technical, compliance and enforcement support during this long and important holiday week. In an effort to provide additional inspection guidelines please find attached to this memo a suggested checklist for the three stages of a fireworks program. If you have any questions about Users Certificates or Certificates of Competency, please contact our Licensing Division at 978-567-3700.