North Attleboro Fire Department Shares Tips for Safe Fourth of July Celebrations
Possession or Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Massachusetts
NORTH ATTLEBORO — Chief Christopher Coleman, on behalf of the North Attleboro Fire Department, wishes to share several important safety tips and reminders as residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
North Attleboro residents wishing to view fireworks this summer are encouraged to attend the North Attleboro Kid's Day Carnival. The carnival is held at the North Attleboro Middle School, 575 Landry Ave., from July 21 through July 24 with fireworks displays on Friday night, July 22 and Saturday night, July 23.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and State Police, fire departments statewide reported more than 900 fires related to illegal fireworks from 2012 to 2021. In addition to the 43 fire service injuries and $2.1 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported 31 severe burn injuries extending to 5% or more of the victims’ bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks.
The possession, use and sale of all 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. It is also illegal for private citizens to purchase fireworks legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state.
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.
• Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only.
• Remember, alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix.
• Never allow young children to go near fireworks or sparklers.
• Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights can be frightening and overwhelming for pets. Pets can become frightened and run from familiar environments and people, becoming lost. Read more here.
• In case of a fireworks-related or other emergency, always dial 911.
The North Attleboro Fire Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Media Contact: Taylor O'Neil
North Attleboro Fire Rescue
Chief Christopher Coleman
50 Elm St., North Attleboro, Ma 02760