Medical, Fire, Health and Law Enforcement Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals
The State Fire Marshal asks the citizens of Massachusetts to set a good example for 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 more than1200 degrees Fahrenheit but they also encourage the use of matches and lighters by young children.
4th of July Fireworks Shows Check with local officials as fireworks can be cancelled due to bad weather.
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 fireworks laws and regulations and make sure 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. Call the following numbers 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.
"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.
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 Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad.
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, former 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.