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State warns motorists against transporting illegal fireworks

While fireworks may be purchased legally in other states, like New Hampshire, it is illegal to bring them into or through Massachusetts, according to state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation message boards on major highways are reminding motorists that fireworks are illegal in the state. When state and local police making 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,” said Coan in a press statement timed for the Fourth of July holiday, when fireworks displays are part of the celebration traditionally. “The thousands of emergency room visits across the country from fireworks at this time of year prove that,” said Coan.

Coan said, “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.”

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