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Darien Police Urge 4th Of July Safety With Fireworks

Beware of illegal fireworks, the Darien Police Department warns.
Beware of illegal fireworks, the Darien Police Department warns. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department Facebook page

DARIEN, Conn. -- As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Darien Police Department is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in Connecticut, it says on its Facebook page .

The only legal "fireworks" items in Connecticut are sparklers, the department said. Sparklers are nonexplosive, nonaerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture. Sparklers can be legally used in Connecticut only by people ages 16 or older.

Novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut, police said.

Larger so-called "fire crackers" are explosive devices that are banned by both state and federal law. They include M-80s, M-100s, M-250s and larger, cherry bombs, quarter sticks, block-busters and other similar devices. Possession of these devices is prohibited by Connecticut General Statute 29-348, police said.

Exploding devices are also dangerous and can cause serious injuries, police said, or cause house fires and grass fires.

If you choose to have your own display of sparklers or nonaerial fountains, follow these guidelines:

• Only adults should handle fireworks. Tell children that they should leave the area immediately if their friends are using fireworks

• Discuss safety procedures with your children. Make sure they know how to call 9-1-1.

• Show children how to put out fireworks by using water or a fire extinguisher

• Read labels and carefully follow directions. All fireworks must carry a warning label describing necessary safety precautions

• Never use fireworks indoors

• Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks

• Never aim or throw fireworks at another person

• Never place your face or any other body part over fireworks.

• Never try to reignite fireworks that malfunction

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket

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