MELROSE —  As summer, Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July holidays approach, Chief Michael Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks in Massachusetts is illegal and violators will be arrested.

According to Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, fires started by fireworks increased by 180% in 2020 and complaints to local police departments increased significantly as well. This year, State Police and local enforcement agencies will be ramping up their efforts to stop illegal firework use and sales in Massachusetts. 

“Fireworks are extremely dangerous and are illegal in Massachusetts,” Chief Lyle said. “I urge residents to avoid them this summer and report any cases in which they suspect illegal fireworks are present or are being used in our community.” 

Possession, use and sale of fireworks are against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation and fine or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will begin targeted patrols along state to enforce fireworks laws.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in their community to the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212. In case of a firework-related or any emergency, always dial 911.

 

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Jordan Mayblum is Account Director for Northern New England at John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC.

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