Hampden County

Police reminding residents that it is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - If you're caught with fireworks, You could be charged with a crime and pay a hefty fine.

"Fireworks are illegal here in Massachusetts," said Captain John Cartledge of the Northampton Police Department.

4th of July is 3 weeks away and most of us will spend the day enjoying a dazzling fireworks display with family and friends. In Massachusetts, that's the only "legal" way to enjoy fireworks.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks in the state of Massachusetts. It's also equally illegal to purchase them in nearby states, like New Hampshire, and bring them back to Massachusetts.
Fireworks are legal in New Hampshire.

However, in Connecticut all explosive fireworks are illegal but sparklers and fountains are for sale in Connecticut, because they're non-explosive.

Some people think it's time to change the law in Massachusetts.

Ravon Rivera of Northampton told 22News, "Considered a victimless crime, granted that I understand why, because some people are stupid and might blow something up."

"Anyone found lighting them off or creating a disturbance could face criminal charges and have the fireworks seized," said Captain Cartledge. "The officers will seize them and tag them for evidence."

Selling fireworks could land you in jail for up to a year, and fines of up to $1,000.

Police would seize any fireworks they find in your possession.


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