Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

"While fireworks may be purchased legally in other states, it is illegal to bring them into or through Massachusetts," said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. "The Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is helping law enforcement get the word out to the motoring public not to break the law by bringing fireworks back into or through the state," he added.

MassDOT message boards will display a message on June 20-22, June 27-29 and July 3-6, reminding motorists that fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. When State and local police make a motor vehicle stop also discover fireworks, they are required to confiscate the fireworks. In addition, there are fines for the illegal possession and for the sale of fireworks.

"The pyrotechnic industry with their marketing campaigns would have you believe that the fireworks they sell are 'safe and sane' when they are neither. The thousands of emergency room visits across the country from fireworks at this time of year prove that," said Coan.

Coan said, "Our strong fireworks laws and public education efforts here in Massachusetts are effective in reducing fires and injuries from fireworks." He added, "Some fireworks are legal in Washington state which has about the same size population as Massachusetts. They experience almost twice as many fires from fireworks, and have 45 injuries from fireworks for every one we experience here in the Commonwealth."