When people prepare to celebrate holidays such as the Fourth of July, they usually think of fireworks. While these can be an exciting form of entertainment, it is important to remember that they can also be very dangerous in certain situations. If used improperly, they can cause severe injuries. It is because of this that New Jersey holds certain regulations regarding the possession and use of fireworks within the state. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are New Jersey’s Firework Laws?
New Jersey’s previous governor, Chris Christie, amended the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act in 2017. This legalized the sale and possession of non-explosive fireworks, including the following:
- Handheld sparklers
- Ground-based sparklers
- Glow worms
- Smoke devices
- Trick noisemakers
While this is true, it is important to remember that there are many fireworks that are still illegal. This includes explosive and aerial fireworks. These can only be used in public displays that are permitted. However, there are still restrictions regarding their usage, such as:
- 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
What are the Consequences of Illegal Fireworks?
If an individual does not abide by New Jersey’s firework laws, they can face certain consequences. This is because they are putting others in danger through the illegal possession and use of fireworks. If a person 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.
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