State police caution residents about illegal fireworks

As the July 4th holiday approaches, state police are reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in Connecticut.

To avoid confusion and caution state police say Connecticut Law 29-357 is very specific: Only sparklers and fountains of not more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item, which are non-explosive and non-aerial, are legal in Connecticut. Sparklers and fountains can be used legally only by persons age 16 or older.

Novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. In addition to being illegal, exploding devices are dangerous and have caused serious injuries in the past. A number of house and grass fires also have been attributed to fireworks, police said. If a fire or explosion is made intentionally and causes damage or destruction, it could be designated as an arson, a class C felony.

The safest way to enjoy this year’s Independence Day celebration is to attend a public display conducted at a state approved site by Connecticut licensed pyrotechnicians.

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