Fireworks Safety

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

The dangers of illegal fireworks
thermometer showing temps at which things burns including sparklers

Fireworks are dangerous and they are illegal in Massachusetts for anyone without a professional license. But everyone can enjoy fireworks at shows run by professionals and supervised by local fire departments. Keep your July 4th holiday safe and fun. Stay away from illegal fireworks.


Set a Good Example for Children

Children account for a significant number of fireworks injuries in Massachusetts every year. Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks,  children who see you will not understand the dangers of fireworks. And children know where you keep fireworks.

Even sparklers are dangerous. They burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and encourage the use of matches and lighters by children. Don't buy or use fireworks or sparklers. Take your family to a supervised fireworks display to enjoy the holiday.

Check the list of all the supervised fireworks show in the state this summer below. It will be updated on Fridays in June and July. (This is based on permits submitted to the Department of Fire Services; not all shows may be listed so check with local authorities.)

Without a License, Fireworks are Illegal in Massachusetts

The use of fireworks by anyone who is not a licensed professional is against the law in Massachusetts. The Division of Fire Safety has information for the fireworks industry and for fire prevention officers enforcing fireworks laws and regulations. Fire departments make sure supervised fireworks displays are safe for both spectators and shooters. 

DFS can provide technical, compliance, and enforcement support, 24/7, especially during the July 4th week. For immediate assistance call:

  • 508-820-2000 (outside regular business hours)
  • 978-567-3375 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Visit the Blasting, explosives, and fireworks page for more information.

Additional Resources

Information on Blasting, Explosives and Fireworks for Regulated Industry

Reversal - Fireworks PSA 

Family Injured in NH Fireworks Incident Describes Experience, Injuries