Randolph Police Department Reminds Residents that Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Massachusetts

As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts. 

It is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Additionally, residents are prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

The Randolph Police Department will be adding special patrols over the coming weeks to respond to late night illegal fireworks activity in the town. Residents can make fireworks complaints at 781-963-1212. Residents should not wait to call or reach out on social media.

From 2010-2019, 858 major fires and explosions were reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) due to the use of illegal fireworks. These incidents caused 12 civilian injuries, 40 firefighter injuries and a loss of approximately $2.9 million.

The Randolph Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

“While fireworks displays are a fun and entertaining way to spend your time outdoors during the summer, they often pose serious risks when not handled properly,” said Chief Pace. “Only licensed professionals should handle fireworks. Any fireworks, including sparklers, fire crackers and cherry bombs, can not be used by residents in Massachusetts.”

Residents should always: 

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the misuse of fireworks can cause death and injuries including severe burns, contusions, lacerations, eye injuries and more. 

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Randolph Police Provide Important Information About July 3 Parade and Fireworks Show

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to provide important information about town’s annual Night Before the Fourth parade and fireworks event that will take place tomorrow.

“This is an event we look forward to all year, where everyone in town comes together to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and enjoy the parade and fireworks,” Chief Pace said. “Randolph typically sees a large influx of visitors to the town and we ask that everyone please follow the appropriate parking and traffic rules so that the event can run as smoothly as possible. We hope to see a big crowd tomorrow night and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday.”

Parade

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will start at the Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main St., and will travel south down North Main Street. The parade ends at the intersection of North Main Street and Memorial Parkway.

North Main Street, from Oak Street to Crawford Square, and Memorial Parkway will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and will not re-open until approximately 11 p.m.

There will be no on-street parking along the parade route beginning at 3 p.m. Those parked along the parade route will be towed after that time.

Chief Pace recommends that those driving to the parade find legal, on-street parking away from the parade route. Parked vehicles should not block private driveways, be on private land without permission of the home/business owner or block access to emergency vehicles or the motoring public. Please be respectful to other’s property. As always, parking violators will be subject to towing.

Fireworks

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. They will be launched from the rear of Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway.

To keep people safe, there will be a restricted safety zone around the launch site which will be marked with caution tape. Pedestrians and vehicles will not have access to this area.

There will be no parking allowed in either Randolph High School parking lot. Additionally, the Randolph High School football field and baseball diamond will not be accessible for fireworks viewing.

There will be several portable restrooms available for public use located at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and McNeil Way (Randolph High School pool-side lot).

Spectators are also advised that additional uniformed Randolph Police officers and auxiliary officers will be stationed along the parade route, concentrating on the downtown area. Should anyone need assistance from the Randolph Police Department, feel free to approach one of these officers as they will be more than willing to assist.

Routine patrols and calls for service will continue as normal and if needed, please contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 for assistance.

Chief Pace asks that you DO NOT call 911 to report illegal fireworks use or noise/loud party complaints. Please utilize the business line for these reports as it is imperative that that 911 lines remain open for true emergencies.

Anyone with further questions is welcomed to call the Randolph Police business line at 781-963-1212.

The Randolph Police Department wishes everyone and their loved ones a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind Randolph residents as the Fourth of July approaches that the use of fireworks is illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Residents are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the month surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 280 people nationwide go to the emergency room seeking treatment for injuries caused by fireworks every day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks are also the cause of 18,500 fires on average each year.

This does not mean residents cannot enjoy fireworks displays over the course of the summer. However, Chief Pace recommends that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

Residents should also remember to:

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

Anyone who has questions about fireworks or fireworks safety should contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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