No injuries were reported in any of the fires
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated five incidents involving fireworks during the 24 hour period of July 4, 2018.
Three took place in Kent County, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said.
A small outside fire was reported at about 10:09 p.m. in the Granada Mobile Home Park, Magnolia when fountain fireworks ignited material inside a trash dumpster.
A second fire took place at about 7:06 p.m. when material from sparklers set grass afire in the rear of a home in the 8000 block of Willow Grove Road, Chionchio said.
The third reported blaze took place at 9:17 p.m. in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue, Harrington when sparklers ignited combustible material inside an outside trash can.
In New Castle County, a fire took place at 10:37 p.m. in the 1200 block of Pimpernel Path, Shannon Cove, Odessa, when fireworks were thrown away into an outside trash can. The resulting blaze burned the siding off the home, Chionchio said.
Also in New Castle County, the Minquas Volunteer Fire Company was called at 10:03 p.m. when fireworks went off inside an occupied building in the Newport Terrace Apartments.
There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents, Chionchio added.
The fire marshal expects to receive reports of additional damage caused by fireworks as people inspect their yards, homes, and cars following the holiday.
“We get a lot of ember calls, debris fallout from neighbor’s fireworks,” Chionchio said.
Chionchio said that even though sparklers now are legal -- only at certain times -- in Delaware, all other kinds remain prohibited.
Under legislation signed in May, sparklers only may be bought 30 days before the July 4 and New Year’s holidays, meaning the next time Delawareans may legally purchase them is between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1.
They only may be used on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, he added.