Fireworks Safety Tips

By Richard Kaufman

The Greenwich Police Department and American Red Cross are reminding residents to safely enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July.

What is legal in Connecticut?

Sparklers: Defined as a wire or stick coated with pyrotechnic composition that produces a shower of sparks upon ignition.

Fountains: Defined as any cardboard or heavy paper cone or cylindrical tube containing pyrotechnic mixture that upon ignition produces a shower of colored sparks or smoke.

What is illegal in Connecticut?

 Prohibited items include devices that fly or explode including firecrackers, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles and any firework containing any explosive or flammable compound.

Safety Tips:

 The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks. If you are setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
About Author: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman, general assignment reporter at the Sentinel, graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in journalism/communications. Having grown up in nearby Westchester County, Richard is familiar with the area and everything it has to offer. To get in contact with Richard, you can email him at

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