With Fourth of July just days away, state officials are reminding residents that Connecticut law prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks without a permit.
Sparklers and fountains, which produce sparks when lit, are not considered fireworks and are legal in the state, but cannot be sold or used by anyone younger than 16.
Roman candles, smoke bombs, firecrackers, snakes, skyrockets, Daygo bombs and bottle rockets are illegal fireworks in Connecticut.
“If it explodes, it is not allowed to be sold in Connecticut or used without a permit,” Attorney General George Jepsen said. “Firework displays should be left to professionals.”
The State Fire Marshal issues permits for supervised displays of fireworks and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection licenses fireworks displays, special effects, fireworks and special effects shooters, and fireworks distributors and manufacturers.
The state fire marshal's office defines sparklers as "a wire or stick coated with pyrotechnic composition that produces a shower of sparks upon ignition." A fountain is "any cardboard or heavy paper cone or cylindrical tube containing pyrotechnic mixture that upon ignition produces a shower of color sparks or smoke."
While you cannot set off your own fireworks, you can see them at several cities and towns across the state in coming weeks. Here is the list.