SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — On Monday, State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan released a video urging folks not to purchase illegal fireworks.
Last week, MassDOT announced it would help state police spread the word about illegal fireworks on electronic DOT signs located along state highways.
For Bay State residents, it’s as simple as driving a few exits north to New Hampshire where many fireworks are legal or you can drive across the border to Connecticut where just a few fireworks, like sparklers, are allowed.
We caught up with Phantom Fireworks, which has a location in Enfield, Conn., and they told us even though people ask for them, you can’t buy things like explosives or aerials from their store because of Connecticut state laws.
“They would say when they walk in, ‘Where’s the good stuff?’ Obviously, what we have here in Connecticut is legal. In the state of Connecticut, anything that emits sparks that’s not an aerial, not explosive, basically a glorified sparkler is what they are,” said Gary Kamiaski, Operator at Phantom Fireworks, which is located along Enfield Street in Enfield.
Companies are allowed to advertise here in Massachusetts, even though fireworks aren’t legal in this state and that includes sparklers.
“It’s contradictory; obviously, you have to make a decision on your own driving up there (New Hampshire). (It is a) maximum $100 fine for possessing them. If you’re caught selling them, it’s up to $1,000 fine, and you’re subject to arrest,” says Mass. State Police Sergeant Alan Joubert, who is assigned to the Springfield barracks.
It’s a hotly contested issue that as we get closer to July 4th, authorities will be seeing more of.
Once fireworks are seized, they go to the State Fire Marshal for disposal.