Is it time to legalize fireworks in Massachusetts?

Previous attempts have failed in Legislature

Image Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police

BOSTON (WWLP) – Monday is the Fourth of July, and police across the state want to remind you that fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. Some state lawmakers have been trying to legalize commercial fireworks for years, but with no success. There was also an attempt last year to put the question before voters, but the measure was rejected by the Attorney General’s office.

That is why local police departments are reminding the public that it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, and sell fireworks in Massachusetts- not just on the Fourth of July weekend, but year round.

It is also against the law to purchase fireworks legally elsewhere, and them bring them into Massachusetts. 22News asked Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) whether he thinks fireworks should be legalized in Massachusetts.

“I don’t, you know, I would want to talk to our firefighters and fire chiefs. They’re the ones that would, of course, are going to respond if there is an issue, so I would want to talk to them first before making any changes to the law,” Lesser said.

If you plan on buying fireworks this weekend, be careful! Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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