Released on July 3, 2017 - 3:16pm

Independence Day is on its way and this is a reminder that fireworks are illegal in the City of Laurel and Prince George’s County!

City of Laurel Fire Marshal, Dave Cope, says selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks will result in the confiscation of fireworks and fines of up to $250.

The City’s Fire Marshal and Inspectors will be canvassing the City this Tuesday, July 4, 2017, to make sure no fireworks are being used or sold. If they are found, they will be confiscated and fines will be issued.

Mayor Craig A. Moe advises residents to please leave the fireworks to the professionals. If you attend a fireworks event, please keep an eye on children and stay clear from where the fireworks are being launched.

In case you didn’t know, hand-held sparklers, which burn at approximately 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, are the biggest cause of fireworks injuries, most in the form of 3rd degree burns which leads to permanent disfigurement and in many cases amputation of the affected digits and/or limbs.

If you see someone possessing, selling, using or find any unattended fireworks, please call the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092.

Thank you and have a safe Independence Day!

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