Traditionally, Fourth of July celebrations usually include fireworks. While these are fun and exciting forms of entertainment, they can also be very dangerous in the event that they are used improperly. This can cause serious accidents and injuries to those who use them as well as any bystanders. It is because of this that the state of New Jersey imposes certain laws regarding their possession and use. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are New Jersey’s Firework Laws?
IN 2017, New Jersey’s previous governor, Chris Christie amended the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act. The amendment legalized the sale and possession of non-explosive fireworks. This includes the following:
- Handheld sparklers
- Ground-based sparklers
- Glow worms
- Smoke devices
- Trick noisemakers
It is important to keep in mind that there are other fireworks that are still illegal, such as explosive and aerial fireworks. These are only to be used in permitted public displays. Even still, there are restrictions regarding how they can be used:
- 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?
When a person does not abide by New Jersey’s laws when dealing with fireworks, they can face consequences as a result of their actions. This is because the illegal possession or use of fireworks puts other people in serious danger. If a person sells, offers or exposes for sale, or possesses fireworks with intent to sell, they can be found guilty of a crime in the fourth degree. If they buy, use, discharge, ignite, or possess fireworks, they can be found guilty of a petty disorderly person’s offense.
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