How Was Your Fourth Of July?

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Jul 042021

Since Covid messed things up for just about everyone last year, and the weather cleared up in time for the country to actually celebrate our nation’s independence July 4, 2021 was destined to be a good one.

I know a few people who were excited about getting together in a large crowd, cooking up some burgers and dogs and sitting back with a drink or two.

Since I only have one brother left in my original family unit and he was working all day, I spent my Fourth of July catching up on sleep and keeping my “girls” – my two dogs – from panicking every time someone shot off a firecracker, firework or other kind of loud noise.

It seems like people around here began celebrating around noon and continued on until 11:30 p.m. and beyond.

The younger (3 year old) dog doesn’t seem bothered at all, but the 9-year-old that I raised from the time she was 2 months old gets really scared. I gathered them up into the back bedroom, (the quietest room) turned on the tv to drown out the outside sounds and gave them reassuring hugs whenever needed.

We all survived the day. I hope that everyone else and their pets had a wonderful day.

(NO, the dogs in the photo are not mine. I haven’t had a golden in 9 years.)


Fireworks Are Still Illegal and Dangerous: Read on, Orange

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Jun 242020

It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks across the state, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.

Sparklers are dangerous, they can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and burn your hands and/or clothing.

We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events.  At many of these smaller than usual gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed.  Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities, or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.

Several years ago, the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device.  The use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.

NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198!  This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles.  While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.

•   When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.

•    Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present. The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711.

•   Be aware of your surroundings.  Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.


•    Always have a source of extinguishment.  A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by.  Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.

The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season.  Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one.  If you would like more information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 203-891-4711.

Orange Police Blotter: Fireworks, Assault and Disorderly Conduct Arrests

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Jul 142012

A photo of some backyard fireworks

Fireworks complaint

Police were dispatched to a home on Pine Tree Drive on a complaint of fireworks being set off on July 7 at 9:46 p.m.

When officers arrived they issued Robert Hanscome, 56, of 379 Pine Tree Drive, with a warning and he agreed to stop the fireworks.

A short time later, the fireworks resumed. Police returned to the home and charged Hanscome with illegal use of fireworks.

He was released on a promise to appear in court July 23.


Disorderly conduct

Officers were dispatched to a residence on Manley Heights for a reported disturbance on July 9 at 6:27 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Joseph Chipello, 57, of 378 Manley Heights, had been intoxicated, and got into an argument with family members, when he began punching doors and walls inside the home. Police arrived shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

Chipello was released after posing $500 bond for court July 10.