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What scares pets, disturbs veterans and sent more than 100 Illinoisans to emergency rooms last summer?
Illegal home fireworks.
“Home fireworks use around the 4th of July holiday are a dangerous tradition that leads to injuries that are preventable by simply leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “It’s important to check with your local community to see what is and isn’t allowed.”
In Moline, the only allowable home fireworks are sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs and snaps.
Examples of illegal fireworks include skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, mortars, M-100’s, M-80’s, cherry bombs, firecrackers, and helicopters. The use of these types of fireworks without a permit is illegal.
“We encourage all residents of Moline to leave the fireworks to the professionals,” said Moline Fire Chief Steve Regenwether. “Not only is their use illegal, they are also a fire hazard, frighten pets and can trigger citizens suffering from post-traumatic stress.”
In recent years, despite home fireworks remaining illegal in Illinois, use and injuries are increasing. According to State of Illinois statistics, healthcare facilities reported 120 persons were injured by fireworks during the 2022 seasonal reporting period. Approximately one-third of all injured persons suffered multiple injuries.
“The Moline Police Department receives over 100 complaints about fireworks every year around the Fourth of July. Fireworks are not only dangerous, but are disruptive. We understand everyone wants to have fun, but there are dozens of organized fireworks displays free of charge and fun for everyone,” said Moline Police Chief Darren Gault.