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Remember: Consumer Fireworks Still Illegal in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- There are lots of places around Delmarva to see huge fireworks displays Thursday. Many of those are in Delaware. But at-home fireworks are still illegal in the First State.

There are four states that do not allow consumer fireworks: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Delaware. The prohibition in the First State has been in place for decades and shows no signs of going anywhere.

The most recent failed attempt to alter it was in 2004. It was a bill to allow sparklers. The state fire marshal's office was strongly opposed to that at the time.

"Sparklers are banned in Delaware because they burn in excess of 1,200 degrees," said Michael Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal. "They cause burns and injuries mostly to younger people."

There are fireworks stands right across state lines to the north and south. But bringing them back over into Delaware is illegal. And people WBOC spoke to in Dover had mixed feelings on keeping it that way.

"Personally, I think fireworks - with the right education - should be permitted," said Mike Sweeney. "But it must be with the right education, because they can be dangerous. Unfortunately, people and animals do get hurt."

"It's really not a safe thing to do, especially with a little girl, like my daughter," said Sean Vetterley. "Say I was to have them and were doing them and she got into them. It's not a chance I'm willing to take."

The fire marshal's office cites a number of statistics to push that point. Nationwide in 2011, 9,600 people had to go to the hospital for injuries from fireworks. That year, fireworks were involved in more than 17,000 reported fires. About 1,200 of those were structure fires. All that caused about 32-million dollars in direct property damage.

Click here for a full list of fireworks events across Delmarva.

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