The City of Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau wishes to remind and warn of the dangers and fireworks. Ted Pisciotta, Assistant Chief - Fire Prevention, suggests that everyone seriously consider the tragic consequences that a sudden mishap involving fireworks or a hot sparkler could cause. \u00a0Physical injuries could last a lifetime. Criminal offenses The Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit have reported that a number of house fires and grass fires have been attributed to the use of fireworks. If a fire or explosion caused by legal or illegal fireworks causes injuries and\/or damage, or poses the risk of either, the person responsible could be charged with a felony criminal offense. All fireworks are illegal in the State of Connecticut, with the exception of sparklers and fountains. Connecticut state law defines sparklers as non-explosive, non-aerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture. Fountains are defined as non-explosive, non-aerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic for each individual item. What else is prohibited? In addition to fireworks, novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices and anything that emits a flame are also not legal for private use in Connecticut. These exploding devices are very dangerous and have caused serious injury to those using them or near them. The City of Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau encourages everyone to take precaution for all firework displays.