Randolph Police Department Reminds Residents that Fireworks are Illegal Statewide

RANDOLPH — With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department wish to remind residents that the recreational use of fireworks in Massachusetts is illegal.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, fires started by fireworks increased by 180% in 2020 and complaints to local police departments increased significantly as well. This year, state and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their efforts to stop illegal firework use and sales in Massachusetts.

The possession, use and sale of fireworks without a professional license is against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation, fine or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will begin targeted patrols along state lines to enforce fireworks laws.

According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, between 2011 and 2020, there were over 900 reported major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks. During that time span, 32 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns or other injuries from fireworks.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in their community to the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212. In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department reminds residents to be aware of these key safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Be mindful of pedestrians
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only
  • Remember: alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix
  • Keep pets indoors

The Randolph Police Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-share service to get home safely
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911

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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: ben@jgpr.net

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.