Fireworks 101: Know the law before you light the wick

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If you’re not sure what’s legal when it comes to fireworks in Rhode Island, don’t worry, the Barrington Police Department is more than happy to help set the record straight.

According to a recent press release from the department, the following types of fireworks are illegal:

Any firecrackers, M-80s, block-busters, bottle rockets, roman candles, mortars, or any other devices that launch a projectile. Also, department officials said that any fireworks that make a “bang”/detonation are not legal under RI General Laws 11-13-1.

“Cone displays that shoot sparks upwards to 3 to 7 feet and make crackling sounds which are sold in stores are legal,” stated the release.

The Barrington Police Department is also reminding residents that fireworks are not to be used on town property.

“Both legal and illegal fireworks are prohibited from being discharged on all town properties such as Allin’s Cove, the Barrington Town Beach, school fields or playgrounds,” stated the release.

The department will have extra patrols around town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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