With Fourth of July almost here, Bethel officials are reminding residents that Connecticut law prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks without a permit. Novelties and trick noise makers such as smoke bombs, party poppers and snappers and the "snake," are banned in Connecticut. Sky Lanterns are also prohibited under this statute. Sparklers and fountains, which produce sparks when lit, are not considered fireworks and are legal, but cannot be sold or used by anyone younger than 16. Devices that fly or explode, including firecrackers, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles and any firework containing any explosive or flammable compound, are illegal in Connecticut. 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.