MARYLAND — A fake online poster about the Fourth of July and social distancing is circulating across social media platforms, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The poster claims that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a directive regarding a specific way to handle sparklers, along with time limits on when people can celebrate outdoors.
“This poster is simply fake and was produced without the authority of the governor’s office or the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We would not direct citizens on a specific time to be outside and recommend the latest CDC guidelines on how to properly socially distance,” the state fire marshal’s office said in a news release. “Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, many applicants have elected to not hold most outdoor displays; however, citizens are permitted to use legal fireworks in approved areas.”
As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited in Baltimore City, Ocean City and the counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Harford and Howard.
The state fire marshal’s office is the lead agency on the regulation of explosives and fireworks in Maryland. The agency also is responsible for issuing a permit for fireworks displays.
For those who plan to use consumer fireworks:
Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.
Read and follow label warnings and instructions.
Do not allow small children to use fireworks.
Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
Have a bucket of water or hose available
Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.
Continue to exercise personal responsibility in order to keep ourselves, our family members, our neighbors, and our coworkers safe
“Fireworks have been a long tradition of the Fourth of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season,” the fire marshal’s office noted.
This article originally appeared on the Annapolis Patch