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Fireworks Safety - What You Need to Know

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, with the assistance of State Fire Marshal John Chartier, present a public safety message regarding the use and danger of fireworks as Rhode Islanders prepare to celebrate our Nation's independence on July 4th.

Rhode Island General Law 11-13-1: Sale, Use or Possession of Fireworks, states that no one can sell, use or possess display fireworks or aerial consumer fireworks. Certain fireworks and devices that are exempt from the definitions of display fireworks and aerial consumer fireworks shall include, but are not limited to:

Ground-based & hand-held sparkling devices
Illuminating torches, wheels, spinners, flitter sparklers
Sparklers, party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes, glow worms, wire sparklers & dipped sticks

Each July 4th, thousands of people across the country, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Injuries range from burns, the loss of fingers and sometimes death. Additionally, consumer and aerial fireworks constitute on average almost 20,000 fires, per year, nationally. The public may access additional statutory information relating to legal fireworks in Rhode Island as well as safety information from the Division of State Fire Marshal's website:

The Division of State Fire Marshal invites members of the media to attend a demonstration and presentation of fireworks to be held on July 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Rhode Island Fire Academy on Green Lane in the Town of Exeter. For additional information, please contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 401-383-7717.

Media Contact: Marshal John Chartier, Division of State Fire Marshal, 401-383-7717

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  • Release date: 06-28-2016

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