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Use of Fireworks within the City of Keene

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Monday, June 2, 2020 
Contact: John Bates, jbates@ci.keene.nh.us, (603) 757-1863 


Use of Fireworks within the City of Keene 


The Keene Fire Department reminds residents of the City of Keene, that per City Ordinance O-2006-07, the sale, transfer, display or possession of any class B special fireworks or class C permissible and non-permissible consumer fireworks is not allowed without first obtaining a permit for sale, possession and display of fireworks from the city council in accordance with the guidelines set forth under state, (RSA 160-B) and federal regulations. Those found in violation of Ordinance O-2006-07 may be issued a citation and fine. 

Annually, Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.   
In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries. Source: NFPA’s Applied Research.

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