The open burning of leaves,
rubbish, construction materials, etc., and even cooking and camp fires in
Simsbury are subject to several local and state regulations. The
fireworks by the general public in the State of Connecticut is greatly
restricted. The reason is
simple: a significant potential exists for the loss of property, and the injury
or loss of life when persons participate in these activities. While we may
provide some basic information here on these subjects, we strongly suggest that
anyone who wishes to engage in open burning or the use of fireworks,
regardless of what jurisdiction you may reside, check with their local and state
fire marshals prior to engaging in these activities.
Open burning in the Town of
Simsbury is governed mostly under
Chapter 75 of the Town Code, and we strongly urge you to review and
understand it completely. Some outdoor activities require that an "Open Burning Permit" be
obtained from the Simsbury Fire Marshal's Office prior to burning. These activities
include camp fires, agricultural burning and bon fires at public gatherings.
Garbage, brush and construction debris
must be properly disposed of and may not be burned in Simsbury.
While barbecues and outdoor cooking fires at a
private residence do not
require a permit, they may be subject to other restrictions. If cooking on
an outdoor fire on town property, persons should also review
Chapter 115 for additional information.
Before you apply for an Open
Burning Permit, we suggest you check the
daily forest fire danger level which is established by the Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Control Office. In regards to
the issuance of a permit for open burning, the Fire Marshal may refuse a
permit based on the present danger level. If you have been issued a permit and
the fire danger becomes high enough, the certificate may be subsequently voided. Even if a
permit is not required for your activity, open burning may be prohibited
based on the danger level.
All open burning in the Town of
Simsbury is subject to
the following General Conditions, and the Simsbury Fire Marshal's Office, Simsbury
Volunteer Fire Company and the Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protection reserve the right to revoke a permit and extinguish open fires when
warranted, whether approval has been granted or not.
must not take place (a) during an advisory of
threatening atmospheric conditions or any other air
pollution emergency episode, or (b) during a period when
the forest fire danger is high or extreme.
2. Burning must cease if so directed by the local Open
Burning Official or Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company or
State of Connecticut Department of Environmental
3. No objectionable odors or excessive smoke may be
created. All reasonable measures to assure complete
combustion are to be taken.
4. All reasonable safety precaution are to be taken,
including the clearing of grass and trees in the burning
areas, wetting down of the surrounding area, and placing
of fire extinguishers.
There are multiple ways in which
an Open Burning Permit can be obtained. You may stop by the Fire Marshal's
Office and request a permit in person between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Open Burning Permit forms can be downloaded from this website, completed, and
either delivered to the Fire Marshal's Office in person, or returned via a
facsimile transmission. Remember, prior to any open
burning, you must have an approved Open Burning Permit filed with the Fire
Marshal's Office and a copy at the location of the open burn.
Open Burning Permit in Microsoft
Open Burning Permit in Adobe
Acrobat PDF format
Professional displays of
fireworks during holidays and other events are an exciting and beautiful
experience. However, the use of fireworks is an inherently dangerous activity
even when performed by a trained pyrotechnician. Even if professionals follow all the
regulations and take numerous precautions to ensure a safe display, sometimes
accidents still do happen, and the professional and public alike can still be
seriously injured, or worse. Fortunately, accidents resulting from professional
fireworks displays are limited occurrences. However, fireworks usage by the
general public results in many injuries, sometimes including death, and
significant property damage and loss each year. Here are some sobering statistics:
1990 and 2003, and estimated 9,700 people on average
suffered fireworks-related injuries each year1,
and an estimated 85,800 pediatric fireworks-related
injuries were treated in US emergency departments during
the same period2.
of persons injured from fireworks are age fourteen and
younger, with children ages 5 to 9 having the highest
injury rate for fireworks-related injuries3.
an estimated 9,300 persons were treated in emergency departments
for fireworks-related injuries in the United States.
Four people died from aerial devices, and another two
people were killed from fires that were started by
U.S. fire departments reported approximately 24,200
fireworks-related fires that were estimated to have cost
$17.2 million in direct property damage4.
significant potential for bodily injury and property loss
resulting from the use of fireworks exists, the State of
Connecticut tightly controls their importation, sale and use
among the general public. With the exception of "sparklers,"
all fireworks in Connecticut are ILLEGAL. Sparklers are defined
by the State of Connecticut as a sparkling device of not more
than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item, which are
non-explosive and non-aerial. This includes the common stick
sparklers and cone, base, spike and handle fountains.
Persons age sixteen
and older may purchase and use sparklers in Connecticut. It is
illegal to transport fireworks into Connecticut which have been
privately purchased out-of-state.
Be smart and be
safe. Before purchasing or using any type of pyrotechnic device, make sure you
understand the local ordinances. When using these devices, always
have an extinguisher, charged garden hose or bucket of water
immediately available and accessible. The prudent act is to contact
your local or state fire marshal for guidance and clarification.
Better yet, leave the use of fireworks up to the trained
professionals and help insure your safety, and other's.
For more information regarding
open burning in the Town of Simsbury, fully review
Chapter 75 of the
Code of the Town of Simsbury.
For more information regarding
fireworks in the State of Connecticut, refer to Volume 9, Title 29, Chapter 541,
Sections 29-356 & 357 of the
Statutes of Connecticut, and
Public Act No. 00-198.
871 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
Simsbury, CT 06070
State Fire Marshal's Office
Middletown, CT 06457-9294
Office of the State Fire Marshal website
1 National Electronic Injury
Surveillance System, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
2 Pediatrics Vol. 118 No. 1 July 2006, Pediatric Fireworks-Related Injuries in
the United States: 1990-2003
MA, Race PM. 2003 Fireworks Annual Report. Consumer Product Safety Commision
4 Fireworks-related injuries, deaths, and fires. 2004 National Fire Protection