Police Warn Against Illegal Fireworks Purchases and Displays

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon.

Out of safety concerns, Methuen and other local police departments are discouraging use of illegal fireworks during the approaching fourth of July weekend and urging the public to leave fireworks displays to licensed professionals.

Methuen police reminded residents it is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including class C fireworks such as sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and others. Residents are also prohibited from purchasing and transporting fireworks from out of state.

“If you are found in possession of fireworks, they will be immediately confiscated,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said. “Residents in possession will also risk a fine of up to $100. Please keep this in mind this summer and be safe.”

Among safety recommendations, police added residents should “watch fireworks displays from a safe distance, call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks and set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks.” “Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and could easily cause severe burns and injuries,” police said.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, loss of limbs or extremities, contusions, lacerations and eye injuries.

“Fire officials across the state urge everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the many public displays supervised by local fire departments,” State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said. “Be sure to set a good example for your children. They will imitate what you do and there are better places to spend the holiday than the emergency room.”

A public fourth of July event in Methuen, beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 2 at Riverside Park, Riverside Drive, Methuen, will include a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Haverhill’s fireworks display takes place after 9:15 p.m., Sunday, July 3, at Haverhill Stadium.