BALTIMORE — Officials are warning of a fake poster circulating on social media claiming to be from the state of Maryland and Governor Larry Hogan.
The poster falsely tells citizens they can only use two sparklers and spend 30 minutes outside to celebrate the Fourth of July. It also tells people no hugging or kissing is allowed on the holiday.
Made to look like an official state directive with the printed signature of Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, the poster was not authorized by either Hogan or the State Fire Marshal's office.
While citizens are urged to practice social distancing, the State Fire Marshal says legal fireworks are allowed in approved areas.
Meanwhile, Baltimore City, Montgomery, Prince George's, Harford, and Howard Counties along with Ocean City all prohibit personal fireworks. Many have also canceled their fireworks celebrations due to COVID-19 concerns.
Below are tips from the State Fire Marshal for citizens planning to light Independence Day 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
A copy of the phony poster can be found below.