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  • Fire marshal: fireworks are illegal in Delaware

  • Assistant Delaware State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio is reminding area residents that it is illegal to possess, sell or discharge any type of fireworks within Delaware.
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  • Assistant Delaware State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio is reminding area residents that it is illegal to possess, sell or discharge any type of fireworks within the state.
    This includes sparklers and devices known as Sky Lanterns, Chionchio said.
    Persons who violate state law are subject to criminal fines and penalties, he added.
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported an estimated 11,400 people suffered fireworks-related injuries in 2013, and eight deaths were reported. Forty percent of the injuries suffered were from sparklers and rockets, he said.
    In addition, fireworks were responsible for more than $32 million in property damage due to fires, and more than half those fires occurred around Independence Day.
    “Only regulated public displays are permitted in Delaware,” Chionchio said. “Trained professionals who meet specific regulations issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal conduct these displays.”
    For more, contact the fire marshal’s office at (302) 323-5375.

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