The Fourth of July season is upon us. Most people throughout the state of New Jersey will be looking for ways to celebrate and often turn to fireworks for their celebrations. The state of New Jersey recently changed its laws on fireworks but the new laws still restrict their use. Fireworks can be dangerous and it is important for everyone to abide by the state’s fireworks laws to be safe during this time of year.
What Fireworks are Allowed in New Jersey?
The state of New Jersey only allows those who are 16 years or older to purchase, possess, and use certain fireworks. In 2017, the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act was amended to legalize the sale and possession of certain non-explosive fireworks, including:
- Handheld sparklers
- Ground-based sparklers
- Smoke devices
- Party poppers
- Trick noisemakers
While these types of fireworks can be purchased, possessed, and used, there are many other types that are still considered illegal. Illegal fireworks can include explosives, bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and aerial fireworks. Proper permits issued by a municipality are required to sell, purchase, possess, or use these types of fireworks.
What Happens if I Violate the New Jersey Fireworks Laws?
Those who fail to abide by the New Jersey’s fireworks laws can face certain penalties, including:
- Being charged with a disorderly person’s offense and facing fines and a criminal record if convicted.
- Being charged with a Fourth Degree felony and facing fines and a criminal record and jail if convicted.
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