Annapolis, MD (6-25-2018) – The Fourth of July celebration is traditionally known for beautiful fireworks, bright colors, and loud pops in the sky! Fireworks can be fun, but only if used in a safe and correct manner.
“When fireworks are not used in a safe and correct manner, serious injury can occur,” said Annapolis Fire Chief David L Stokes Sr.
As many residents and guests look forward to celebrating this beautiful summer holiday, the Annapolis Fire Department want you to keep these important reminders in mind.
Fireworks and other flame effects are dangerous devices. Extreme care should always be exercised when handling these items. Fireworks can burn up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The most common injuries are to a person’s hands, eyes, and head. In a study performed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the year of 2015, it was estimated that 11,500 emergency room visits were due to firework related injuries.
It is illegal to cross state lines and import fireworks for backyard celebrations. Fines may be levied of up to $250.00 for each firework device. Possession or use of explosive fireworks or large firecrackers such as M-100’s or “Quarter-sticks” can carry a felony charge and a fine up to $250,000 and up to 25 years in prison. For your safety, and that of your guests, we urge you to keep it safe and only use legal fireworks this season. We encourage you to leave the fireworks displays to professionals and enjoy one of the many displays in our area.
Please be aware that each Maryland County has slightly different fireworks laws. In Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, there is a complete ban on all fireworks. In Anne Arundel County, including the City of Annapolis, the following types are LEGAL: Sparklers, fountains, crackle and strobe, wheels and spinners, and other certain novelties. As a general rule, sparklers and any ground based fireworks are legal. Anything that launches, explodes, or flies is illegal.
Here are some safety tips to keep you safe…
- If you do purchase fireworks this season, always purchase from a reliable source and place them in your trunk while transporting.
- Place fireworks in a spark-proof container such as a cardboard box. (Never carry fireworks on your body.)
- Never smoke or use any flame devices near fireworks.
- Never attempt to light a firework’s fuse indoors or in a vehicle.
- Never attempt to light or handle fireworks after consuming alcohol.
- Have one designated person (wearing safety glasses) to organize and ignite the fireworks safely.
- Use fireworks as directed on the consumer product safety label.
- Always have water ready to place the expired fire work in to soak for at least 20 minutes, after it is used.
- Never attempt to relight a fire work “dud,” or one which fails to ignite on the initial attempt.
The Annapolis Fire Department accepts expired boat, handheld, or unwanted flares from City of Annapolis residents. If you would like to dispose of these items, please feel free to drop them off at any one of the Annapolis Fire Stations below.
- Forest Drive Fire Station
- Eastport Fire Station
- Taylor Avenue Fire Station
For more information on disposal of flares, fireworks or ammunitions please call 410-222-7500.
Annapolis Police Department will accept unwanted ammunition and firearms, for more information on this process please call 410-268-9000. County residents should contact Anne Arundel Government for disposal information.
Leave the fireworks to the professionals!
The Annapolis Fire Department wants you to enjoy this holiday safely.