TROY, NY (June 25, 2021) – In advance of the Independence Day holiday, Mayor Patrick Madden and Fire Chief Eric McMahon issued a reminder to Collar City residents about the disruptions and dangers of illegal fireworks use.
Mayor Madden said, “Use of illegal fireworks not only poses a risk of personal injury, but also possible property loss and damage. Consumer fireworks are banned in New York State, and their use disrupts quality of life and cause stress and anxiety for Troy’s more vulnerable residents, especially babies and young children, elderly adults, pets, and those military service members suffering from PTSD. I urge residents to show respect for their neighbors and avoid use of illegal pyrotechnics this summer.”
Fire Chief Eric McMahon said, “I share the concerns of Mayor Madden about the risks and disruption caused by illegal fireworks. Please keep in mind that even though ground-based or hand held sparkling devices are legal they can still cause injuries and property damage. Please be safe and celebrate your Independence Day celebration responsibly, and leave fireworks displays to the professionals this summer.”
More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually, according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. On average, 243 people go to the emergency room daily with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Sparklers account for approximately 12% of emergency room fireworks injuries, with more than one-third of victims of fireworks injuries under the age 15. (Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Fireworks can cause anxiety and distress for residents who are military veterans suffering from PTSD or other anxiety disorders. These individuals normally can prepare in advance of community events which include loud, percussive fireworks displays. The mayor and fire chief discourage the public from setting off fireworks within the city limits in accordance with NYS law.
All types of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and spinners, remain illegal across New York State. However, beginning in 2015 Rensselaer County and several dozen other counties across New York allowed the use of “sparkling devices” (ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke).
Residents can report issues or concerns to the Troy Police Department’s non-emergency number at (518) 270-4411. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
For more information on regulations for sparkling devices, please visit the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Fire Prevention and Control website.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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