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Greenwich Set To Go Boom in the Night

GREENWICH, Conn. — Happy Fourth of July weekend Greenwich! It’s time for barbecues, red, white, and blue, and fireworks cascading through the night air. Two fireworks events are set in Greenwich, and the Greenwich Police Department is warning against the private use of fireworks.

“The Greenwich Police will be on the lookout for illegal use of fireworks and will take the appropriate enforcement action,” said Deputy Chief Jim Heavey. How can you tell if fireworks are legal? If they goes “pop” or “flies around,” they’re no good. If they make pretty colors in a shower of “sparks,” they’re okay.

The safest way to enjoy Fourth of July pyrotechnic festivities is by attending one of two fireworks displays in Greenwich Saturday night at 9, one at Binney Park, the other at Greenwich Point Park. In case of rain, the events will be moved to July 3, same time and locations. However, police recognize this won’t stop residents from obtaining illegal fireworks and setting them off.

Heavey said each year the Greenwich department receives numerous calls about illegal fireworks being set off, and that sometimes, though this is rare, the fire department is called to extinguish a fire started by fireworks.

Many merchants who sell seasonal items will also sell fireworks, though most types are illegal in Connecticut. Novelty party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. The only legal fireworks in the state are sparklers and fountains. Sparklers are non-explosive, non-aerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture, and can only be legally used by a person 16 or older.

“Sparklers can heat up to a core temperature of 1,800 degrees Farenheit. That’s hot enough to cause third-degree burns. We strongly recommend against purchasing these items and suggest leaving the displays to professionals,” said Heavey.

In addition to being illegal, fireworks have proven to be dangerous. A few safety tips when handling fireworks:

? Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

? Never use consumer fireworks indoors.

? Never give fireworks to young children.

? Always wear safety glasses.

? Always have a bucket of water or water hose nearby.

? Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks.

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