Bernardston police asking residents to be safe and not use fireworks this Fourth of July

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Fireworks are a fun Fourth of July tradition, but they’re illegal in Massachusetts

“There’s no doubt fireworks are fun, so if there was a way to have a legal framework for people to own them and shoot them off responsibly, I’d be in favor of that,” said Brian Kendall of Northampton.

Bernardston is just a 15 minute drive from New Hampshire, where fireworks are legal. Bernardston Police said they typically confiscate a lot of fireworks around the Fourth of July. They said there are just too many safety risks.

“It can blow up in their hands or in their face and unfortunately with fireworks a lot of times there’s alcohol involved, which makes for a bad circumstance all around,” said Bernardston Police Chief James Palmeri.

Bernardston Police take confiscated fireworks and store them in protective bins at their station. They’ll then take the fireworks to the State Fire Marshall where they’ll be destroyed. Chief Palmeri said they will call the State Police bomb squad if the fireworks are active or out of their packaging.

Sparklers and pyrotechnic fountains are legal in Vermont and Connecticut, but no explosive fireworks. Chief Palmeri said you can be fined up to 1 thousand dollars for bringing fireworks into Massachusetts from another state. You could even face jail time. 

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