The Fourth of July is just one week away, meaning that people throughout the state of Connecticut are making plans to celebrate. One of the biggest Independence Day traditions is the display of fireworks. While many municipalities will host major fireworks displays for residents to enjoy, others try to put on their own fireworks displays. Not only is this illegal in the State of Connecticut, it can also be incredibly dangerous.
In Connecticut, the possession and use of all fireworks are unlawful except for sparklers and fountains. “Fountains” are all non-explosive devices that do not leave the ground and contain no greater than 100 grams of pyrotechnic per item. It is also unlawful for anyone who is under the age of 16 to use fountains or sparklers. Please be aware that unlike New York and New Jersey, novelty items are also illegal. These can include smoke devices, party poppers, snakes, and anything else that emits a flame.
Fireworks can be very dangerous and if safety is not considered, can result in significant injury or even death. Not only can these pyrotechnics injure people and animals, fireworks are also known to start serious house fires and grass fires, causing serious property damage. If you were injured because another party was negligent in their use of fireworks, you may be able to bring a personal injury case. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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