MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Officials in the city of Morgantown are reminding residents fireworks are illegal in the city limits. In 2016, the state law was changed to allow the sale of devices that leave the ground and produce visible or audible effects, but use of the devices in Morgantown city limits could result in a fine of up to $500.
“Fireworks are illegal in the city of Morgantown, and that includes any type of Class C or consumer fireworks that you find in the road side stand or shops in the area,”Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravosos said.
Residents can be cited for a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500 and could be held be responsible for any property damage.
The average age of houses in the city and the way neighborhoods are arranged increase the risk, according to Caravosos.
“The structures are close together, a lot of them are older and made of wood or combustible materials and that creates a safety hazard,”Caravosos said,”We’ve had several fires in the city as a result of fireworks.”
Consumer fireworks are allowed in the city. So, when using sparklers or other similar devices Caravosos urges caution.
“Make sure you have water source present just like if you were doing a fire or burn pit,”Caravosos said,”Follow the manufacturers safety recommendations and make sure everything is out when you’re done.”
“Consumer fireworks are anything other than sparklers and novelties,” said Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos. “Prohibition of fireworks is done for the safety of our residents.”