Michael Desrochers, the Director of the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, reminds Vermonters that the possession, transportation and use of many fireworks are illegal in Vermont.
Toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used; balloons that are propelled by explosives; firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; cherry bombs; or other fireworks of like construction are all prohibited in Vermont unless a permit has been obtained from the local municipality (Fire Chief, Police Chief, Select Board or City Council) depending on the governing body. Novelty items such as; sparklers, snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture do not require a permit and can be purchased in many stores throughout the State.
The use of novelty items by young children should be used only under adult supervision. Despite the efforts of fire safety officials and the Vermont Fire Service Community to educate Vermonters about the dangers of fireworks, each year young children are injured and first responders are called to duty. All fireworks have some degree of hazard even the novelty items when put in the hands of very young children. We are asking for your help this year to prevent injuries and fires resulting from unsupervised and improper use of novelties and fireworks.
The Division of Fire Safety and the Vermont Fire Service wishes everyone a safe holiday season. For more information regarding fire safety please visit our web page at www.firesafety.vermont.gov.