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State Fire Marshal offers fireworks safety advice

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State Fire Marshal offers fireworks safety advice

Fireworks illuminate the sky in Rock Hall last July 3 during the town’s annual celebration of the Fourth of July. This year's display has been canceled.

PIKESVILLE — With the arrival of summer, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is encouraging Marylanders to attend public fireworks displays. “I would highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state,” Geraci said in a June 25 news release.

Due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing, most perennial applicants, including many local municipalities and private businesses, have elected not to hold outdoor displays in 2020.

Citizens, however, are permitted to use legal fireworks in approved areas. Fireworks are prohibited in Baltimore City and Ocean City as well as within the counties of Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal will nonetheless process any application it receives and will grant approval upon meeting all required guidelines. To help Marylanders enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:

Consider attending one of the numerous public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland every year. Leave fireworks to the professionals.

For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks:

— Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.

— Read and follow label warnings and instructions.

— Do not allow small children to use fireworks.

— Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.

— Have a bucket of water or hose available.

— Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.

“Fireworks have long been a tradition of 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season,” Geraci said.

“By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland,” he added.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Maryland State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering.

Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/firemarshal for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state.

The following extended Independence Day holiday weekend public fireworks displays on the Mid-Shore have been approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal as of June 25:

July 1: Chester (Kent Narrows) — 9 p.m. (rain date July 2)

July 4: Easton (Waterside Village) — 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 5)

July 4: St. Michaels (Miles River Yacht Club) — 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 5)

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