It's that time of year when area police departments start to receive nuisance complaints of people setting off fireworks in their neighborhoods. New Milford Police Chief Spenser Cerruto is reminding residents that the state only allows sparklers and fountains for sale. Only people 16 and older are allowed to use sparklers and fountains. Fountains/sparklers cannot be larger than 100 grams each.
People are also being reminded never to use sparklers and fountains if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
New Milford Fire Marshal Kevin Reynolds urged people to keep a water source close by. For children under the age of five, officials say a safer alternatives like glow sticks, confetti poppers, or streamers will prevent injuries. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees, can melt some metals and can quickly ignite clothing.
Reynolds says people should only light one device at a time and keep a safe distance from houses as well and other flammable material.