Most people associate the celebrations like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day with fireworks. Fireworks, however, can be dangerous in certain situations. Becoming as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, it is possible for them to cause severe injuries. This is why fireworks should be possessed and used safely and in compliance with New Jersey laws.
In 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie amended the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act legalizing the sale and possession of non-explosive fireworks, including:
- Handheld sparklers
- Ground-based sparklers
- Glow worms
- Smoke devices
- Trick noisemakers
However, other fireworks are still illegal within the state. This includes explosive and aerial fireworks. The only exception to this is if they are part of a permitted public display. Even still, there are still certain laws restricting the usage of these fireworks:
- It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, possess, or use them without a valid permit
- The permit must be issued by a municipality after submitting an application in writing and posting a bond for the display
- The chiefs of police and fire departments are required to approve the permit
- An identification number of the firework types must be on the permit
Celebrations throughout the summer are meant to be exciting for loved ones. This is why it is important to abide by the New Jersey firework laws to ensure everyone’s safety. When people fail to do so, they can face certain consequences. If someone sells, offers or exposes for sale, or possesses with intent to sell fireworks, they can be found guilty of a crime in the fourth degree. If a person buys, uses, discharges, ignites, or possesses any fireworks, they can be found guilty of a petty disorderly person’s offense.
When New Jersey residents use legal fireworks, it is crucial that they take the right precautions to be safe. This can be done by implementing the following safety tips:
- Always supervise children
- Do not allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water close by just in case of a fire
- Do not shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers
- Do not shoot fireworks at people
- Keep a safe distance when lighting the fuse
- Do not re-light fireworks that do not fully ignite
- Put used fireworks in water before discarding them
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