Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

The dangers of illegal fireworks
thermometer showing temps at which things burns including sparklers
Source: National Fire Protection Association (with permission)

Fireworks are dangerous and they are illegal in Massachusetts for anyone without a professional license. The Fourth of July is a busy time for firefighters. They are supervising professional fireworks shows and responding to all types of fires and medical emergencies. There may be fewer fireworks shows this year due to social distancing, but fire departments will still be very busy. In fact, the week of July 4th is one of the busiest times of the year for fires. Firefighters, police officers, and medical professionals ask you to help us during this pandemic, and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Keep your July 4th holiday safe and fun. Stay away from illegal fireworks.


Set a Good Example for Children

Children account for a significant number of fireworks injuries in Massachusetts every year. Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks,  children who see you will not understand the dangers of fireworks. And children know where you keep fireworks.

Even sparklers are dangerous. They burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and encourage the use of matches and lighters by children. Don't buy or use fireworks or sparklers. Take your family to a supervised fireworks display to enjoy the holiday.

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Without a License, Fireworks are Illegal in Massachusetts

The use of fireworks by anyone who is not a licensed professional is against the law in Massachusetts. The Division of Fire Safety has information for the fireworks industry and for fire prevention officers enforcing fireworks laws and regulations. Fire departments make sure supervised fireworks displays are safe for both spectators and shooters. 

For Fire Departments Only: DFS can provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7, especially during the July 4th week. For immediate assistance call:

  • 508-820-2000 (outside regular business hours)
  • 978-567-3375 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • These numbers are for fire departments only. For citizen complaints about the illegal sale or use of fireworks please call your local police department at 9-1-1.

Visit the Blasting, explosives, and fireworks page for more information.

Confiscated Fireworks for Police and Fire Departments Only: To notify the State Police Bomb Squad of confiscated fireworks, fire and police departments (only) should call 978-567-3310 during business hours. For 24-hour emergencies or large quantities read this flyer on activating emergency resources. All other fireworks concerns should be addressed to your local police or fire department. 

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