Fireworks Resources for the Media
The State Fire Marshal and the National Fire Protection Association offer offer “b-roll” footage with sound bites hosted by YouSendIt.
» Patrick and Marci Foy, and their daughter, Olivia, were attending a family celebration in Pelham, NH, on July 3, 2012. They were among the more than dozen people injured during a consumer fireworks incident. Watch as the Foy’s give a first-hand account of their experience and the impact it continues to have on their lives.
» State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan
» Jim Shannon, president of NFPA
» Dr. Colleen M. Ryan, Mass. General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston
» Demonstration by the Mass. State Police Bomb Squad on the dangers of fireworks
These and additional videos available at www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
Additional video from the State Police Bomb Squad demonstration can be downloaded at http://youtu.be/N0uMUH6jta0.
Medical, Fire, Health and Law Enforcement Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan asks the citizens of Massachusetts to set a good example for your children and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy the many displays of fireworks supervised by local fire departments and conducted by licensed professionals. Children imitate what they see adults do and if you use fireworks, they won’t realize how dangerous they are. Not only do sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit but they also encourage the use of matches and lighters by young children.
Listing of Supervised Fireworks Displays "Updated with Rain Dates"
Not all bomb makers are terrorists. Coan said, “Dangerous bomb making recipes are only a click away on the Internet.” Many young people without the ability to discern the danger or think through the consequences have been injured taking small firecrackers and developing significantly larger devices. In Swampscott in 2008, a youth shook an entire neighborhood repeatedly with the bombs he was making repackaging firecrackers bought at a local store. He lost several fingers in the explosion.
“While fireworks may be purchased legally in other states, it is illegal to bring them into or through Massachusetts,” said State Fire Stephen D. Coan. “The Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is helping law enforcement get the word out to the motoring public not to break the law by bringing fireworks back into or through the state,” he added. More .
Public Service Announcements:
A father tells the story about how things went horribly wrong at an illegal backyard fireworks show (PSA); posted on YouTubeTM - there are no do-overs in real life.
Fireworks Safety Advice from State Fire Marshal Coan file size 4MB
A 29 second PSA from the State Fire Marshal and State Police Bomb Squad on the dangers of fireworks that traces a serious fireworks injury back to where it started.
Hands Off Fireworks
2nd place winning entry in the 2010 YouTube ™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest.
For more information:
An information sheet with statistics on fires and serious burn injuries.
All Fireworks Are Illegal in Massachusetts Without a License
The use of fireworks except by licensed professionals is strictly prohibited in Massachusetts which has adopted the Model Fireworks Law promoted by the National Fire Protection Association. For more information please visit the NFPA webpage on fireworks.
Division of Fire Safety – Working with Fire Departments to Ensure Safe Public Displays
Fireworks Presentation file size 25MB February, 2011
This presentation covers the basics of the Massachusetts Fire Code (527 CMR 2) governing fireworks including recent updates to the regulation, which became effective March 4, 2011 and the new regulation, which go into effect on January 1, 2012.
Remember fireworks are neither safe nor sane.