The Chelsea Police Department will increase impact patrols to address the increase in calls for reported fireworks. Chelsea, as well as surrounding cities, have seen a recent surge in the lighting of fireworks, especially in the late evening hours. The department will conduct zero-tolerance patrols, seize, and fine those in possession of fireworks, which are illegal to possess in Massachusetts.
The Chelsea Police are also concerned about the hazards that these fireworks may cause, which include the potential of igniting fires to property and injuries to those involved in lighting them.
More than 9,000 people were treated for firework-related injuries last year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Based on 2018 statistics, nearly 62 percent of those injuries happened during a one-month study period between June 22, 2018, and July 22, 2018.
Nearly half of the estimated treated firework-related injuries involved people younger than 20 years old. Kids under the age of 15 made up 36 percent of the estimated injuries.
Hands and fingers were an estimated 28 percent of injuries treated, while arms were about 4 percent. Legs were 24 percent, eyes were 19 percent and head, face, and ear injuries made up 15 percent.
Call Chelsea Police to report any firework infarctions in your neighborhood.