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 1200 degrees Fahrenheit but they also encourage the use of matches and lighters by young children.

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Fire Officials Urge “Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals”  
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts are urging everyone to “leave the fireworks to the professionals” this holiday season.

“Only licensed professionals are allowed to use fireworks in Massachusetts at displays supervised by local fire departments for safety,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “There is no such thing as a safe or sane firework, and even the State Police Bomb Squad handles illegal Class C fireworks as if they were improvised explosive devices.”

“The fourth of July holiday is a busy time for firefighters making sure the professional displays are conducted properly and are safe for the public; we’re busy responding to all types of fires and medical emergencies,” said Chief DeLorie. “In fact, July 4 is the busiest day for fires after Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he added.

Remember fireworks are neither safe nor sane.

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.

Division of Fire Safety – Working with Fire Departments to Ensure Safe Public Displays
The Division of Fire Safety has a new webpage, Fireworks for Fire Prevention , for fire prevention officers with information and resources on how to enforce the fireworks laws and regulations and make sure the supervised fireworks displays are safe for both spectators and shooters. DFS stands ready to provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7 – especially during the busy 4th of July week. The following numbers may be called for immediate assistance: outside of regular business hours (508) 820-2000 and during normal business days (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), (978) 567-3375.

Mass. Fireworks Laws Effective

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says that in Washington state, where some consumer fireworks are legal, there are 45 fireworks injuries to every one fireworks injury in Massachusetts, and twice as many fireworks-related fires.

Fireworks Safety Advice from State Fire Marshal Coan

Illegal Fireworks

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. 

Hands Off Fireworks

2nd place winning entry in the 2010 YouTube ™ High School Burn Awareness Video Contest. 

Consumer Fireworks and Safety

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.

Demonstrating the Danger of Fireworks

Video of demonstration by the MA State Police Bomb Squad narrated by State Fire Marshal Coan.

The Dangers of Consumer Fireworks (B-roll only)

This B-roll visually demonstrates the power of consumer fireworks and the harm they can inflict.

Medical and Fire Experts Talk about Fireworks Dangers

Jim Shannon, president of NFPA, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan & » Dr. Colleen M. Ryan, Mass. General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston talk about the dangers of fireworks.

"Safe? Sane” Consumer Fireworks are Neither

This NFPA PSA urges people not to use consumer fireworks because they’re simply too dangerous, highlighting the fact they are responsible for thousands of fires and injuries each year.


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.