Authorities Stress Legal Fireworks Usage
By Richard Kaufman
State and local authorities are stressing the importance of adhering to laws regarding fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding residents that all fireworks in the state of Connecticut are illegal, with the exception of sparklers and fountains.
State law defines sparklers and fountains as non-explosive, non-aerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture which may be legally used by those aged 16 or older. If two or more fountain devices are affixed to the same base, the total quantity of pyrotechnic composition of the combined fountains must not exceed 200 grams.
Novelty items, such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut.
The State Fire Marshal reports that a number of house fires and grass fires have been attributed to the use of fireworks. Penalties for using illegal fireworks can range from receiving a citation, to getting arrested for a misdemeanor offense. If a fire or explosion caused by legal or illegal fireworks causes injuries and/or damage, or poses the risk of either, the person responsible could even be charged with a felony criminal offense.
The State Fire Marshal urges residents to play it safe, and attend a public fireworks display conducted at a State-approved site by licensed pyro-technicians.
Greenwich’s fireworks displays will take place on Saturday, July 7, at Binney Park and Greenwich Point at 9:10 p.m., and 9:35 p.m., respectively. Residents, especially those attending the Greenwich Point display, are urged arrive early and bring a working flashlight.