SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 4th of July is less than a month away, and advertisements for fireworks are already popping up on I-91.
Out of state companies, such as Phantom Fireworks in New Hampshire, are allowed to advertise in Massachusetts, despite the fact that fireworks are illegal in the Commonwealth.
Since Massachusetts adopted the Model Fireworks Law decades ago, fireworks fires and injury rates are lower than other states where they are allowed.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan is asking the citizens of Massachusetts to set a good example for children and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, and encourage the use of matches and lighters; two things children should not be using.
Also, fireworks are ignited by heat and friction. Coan said, there have been incidents where youngsters hide a firecracker in their pants pocket and the friction has set it off.