Franklin County residents traveling to New Hampshire to purchase fireworks

Massachusetts

Fireworks are a fourth of July tradition.  

But you can be fined up to $100 for using fireworks in Massachusetts, or for bringing fireworks into the state.

22News saw cars with Massachusetts and Connecticut license plates in Hinsdale, New Hampshire Friday, parked in a lot of the place that sells fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts, but that’s not the case in New Hampshire.

Phantom Fireworks said they only require people to be at least 21 in order to purchase their products. 

‘What we sell here in New Hampshire at the Phantom Fireworks is legal in the state of New Hampshire,” said Mary Bebey, Manager of Phantom Fireworks. “It’s up to our consumers to figure out what’s legal for their state.”

Greenfield police said they enforce the state’s fireworks laws, but they are more concerned about people using them irresponsibly. 

“We really worry about safety when it comes to fireworks,” said Greenfield Police Deputy Chief Mark Williams. “It’s not just a disturbing the peace issue its really about safety. There is a higher likelihood of accidents happening and injuries happening.” 

Deputy Chief Williams told 22News they typically only confiscate fireworks when they receive noise complaints from residents.

In Connecticut, it is legal to buy and use sparklers and pyrotechnic fountains.

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