The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding citizens and visitors of Delaware that fireworks are illegal to possess, use or sell in the state of Delaware, including sparklers and sky lanterns.

Fireworks can cause injuries or death. Temperatures for a burning sparkler can exceed 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Projectiles from exploded fireworks can cause eye injuries, burns and amputations of fingers.

Fires can be started by exploding fireworks, causing property damage, especially in the dry summer months. During the evening hours, it can be difficult to spot a fire starting during the fire’s incipient, or early, stage. Fires may erupt from discharged fireworks well after the initial explosion.

Burning fireworks can land in dry grass or on the roof of house without anyone detecting the danger. Fires on a roof may smolder for an extended time before breaking out in flames visible from the ground.

Residents should leave fireworks in the hands of professionals by attending a professional fireworks show in lieu of creating their own show. The public displays are conducted by licensed professionals and the firework sites are inspected and receive approval prior to the events.

Penalties for the use of fireworks or possession of fireworks are misdemeanors subject to a fine. Damage or injuries caused by the use of fireworks can result in felony charges.

For additional information, contact a local fire company or fire marshal’s office.