Be Safe – Steer Clear of Illegal Fireworks this 4th

Posted on June 30, 2015

Montgomery Township Police Department wants to wish all our residents a very happy and safe Independence Day 2015!

Every July people are treated in New Jersey emergency rooms for injuries related to the use of fireworks.  Lets make that number zero this year!  New Jersey’s laws on fireworks are very restrictive. In some states, fireworks are permitted to be sold to, and used by, the public. However, in New Jersey, only the sale of paper or plastic caps for use in toy guns is legal.

Sparkler and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke grenades, toy propellants, snaps & pops, poppetts and champagne poppers, as well as firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, etc., are all illegal in this state. Do not be fooled by a salesperson who tries to tell you that they are authorized to be sold by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, or are sold by mail order houses. If you have any doubt when approached by a salesperson, call (609) 292-2096 for verification.

The Fireworks Laws are jointly enforced by municipalities and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Any person found guilty of possessing fireworks, including sparklers, with the intention of selling them, can be fined up to $7,500 and/or imprisoned up to 18 months. Any person found using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to 30 days.

If you have any questions or comments about the Fireworks Laws, feel free to contact the State Office of Public Safety Compliance at (609) 292-2096.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Police Dept.

Date: 6/30/15