SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Fire Department wants to remind the public that fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts and dangerous.
Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi held a news conference at the fire department at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the recent increase in the use of illegal fireworks within the city. Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi talked about the rising level of illegal fireworks incidents throughout the city that have so far resulted in the loss of property.
“Right now, this is becoming an epidemic in the city with 911 calls and fireworks complaints. We’re receiving over 100 calls a night for complaints of fireworks throughout the city,” said Calvi.
Just this past weekend, the Commissioner said the city’s 911 system was overwhelmed with 911 calls pertaining to illegal fireworks complaints. City Councilor Victor Davila, himself deluged with citizen complaints, told 22News he’s trying to work in the City Council to increase the fines for having illegal fireworks.
“Amended the fireworks ordinance to allow the fire department to issue a $300 fine for the possession of fireworks within the city of Springfield,” said Davila.
The illegal use of fireworks presents a public health hazard in the city, in the opinion of Fire Commissioner Calvi.
Fireworks also affect people with certain health conditions that are worsened by the noise from fireworks.