- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Illegal Fireworks Cause Taunton Fire and One Injury
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
TAUNTON — At 6:45 pm last night, the State Police Bomb Squad and Fire Investigation Unit was called to 344R Middleboro Avenue in Taunton to assist the Taunton Fire and Police Departments. There was a large quantity of commercial grade fireworks on the home's deck. A resident was constructing wooden launching tube racks. He lit one of the fireworks on the deck which ignited other nearby fireworks and spread to the side of the house. He suffered minor injuries. The remaining fireworks on the deck, inside the home and around the yard were removed by the Bomb Squad for later disposal and the racks and tubes were taken by the Taunton Fire Department. Charges will be filed by the Taunton Police Department. "The use of fireworks except by licensed professionals in Massachusetts is illegal because they are so dangerous," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "This is why we have regulations on how to properly store, transport, and shoot fireworks. We require electronic firing of all professional displays in this state. Igniting fireworks by hand is prohibited," he added.