HARTFORD -- State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he has written a letter to major fireworks producers to stay out of Connecticut.
"We are today, warning them that, in no uncertain terms, we will hold them accountable for any violations of our fireworks laws over this holiday," said Blumenthal.
State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance added fireworks laws are in place for a reason.
"We see all too often and we have seen, where something as simple as a brush fire starts, we've seen structure fires, young people have been injured, and it's extremely important that people in the state of Connecticut recognize the fact that sparklers are the only thing that's legal in the state of Connecticut," said Vance.
Sparklers are thin wood or wire sticks coated with a pyrotechnic that gives off sparks when burning. In Connecticut, they are illegal to anyone under the age of 16.
Vance said he strongly encourages people to attend sanctioned fireworks displays in their cities or towns, which, despite the recession, have kept their commitments to the annual celebration.
AJ Smalley, medical director at Hartford Hospital's Emergency Department, said each Fourth of July, people come to his hospital with minor ear and eye injuries from fireworks. But he warned of a more urgent concern during the holiday.
"On this July fourth, I hope not, but we'll probably have a few people die because of drunk driving and we probably won't have anyone hurt from fireworks."