Illegal fireworks can lead to fines, serious injuries

Franklin County

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – With big fireworks displays planned from Springfield to Greenfield this weekend, local fire departments are reminding people to leave it to the professionals.

The Turners Falls Fire Chief told 22News Thursday all fireworks are illegal for a reason here in Massachusetts and that’s because they are dangerously unpredictable.

“We had an incident last year where a person pretty much almost lost his leg because of it,” said Fire Chief John Zellman.

He said people will often go to New Hampshire and purchase them legally there and then drive back to Massachusetts. However, not only could you face fines or legal trouble but they can also pose a serious safety risk.

“Any injury to the body from a firework causes significant damage. You’re talking explosives. If it goes off the wrong way it can cause serious injuries,” said Chief Zellman.

Illegal fireworks not only put people lighting them at risk but also neighbors and first responders.

“If we’re out chasing fireworks calls, and another call comes in, we’re a small department. Our resources are limited. We may not really get to the one that really needs to be there,” said Chief Zellman.

When it comes down to it, he recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals and go see displays like the one happening in Greenfield at Beacon Field. The fireworks were originally set for Friday but have been rescheduled to Monday night.

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