New Jersey Declares Independence from Pennsylvania Fireworks Sales
June 30, 2017
BY: Domhnall O'Cathain
The best weekend of the summer is here, and we are ready to celebrate what’s great about the USA. All across the country there will be pool time, BBQ time, and beer time. And for much of the country, it will be fireworks in the backyard.
But not in New Jersey— at least not yet!!
The Legality of Fireworks In New Jersey
In 1936, the last time fireworks were legal in New Jersey, 927 people were injured by fireworks, and two children died. It was reported that more people died celebrating independence than died fighting for independence.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Governor followed the New Jersey Assembly and Senate by legalizing the use and sale of certain sparklers, poppers, and snappers. Explosive and aerial fireworks are still illegal here in New Jersey.
Whether it is right or wrong, we already know that folks go out of state and bring fireworks back into New Jersey. They carry the risk of being hit with a fine or jail time. That is their decision.
If they make the decision to set off fireworks in New Jersey, they should take every precaution to keep themselves and others safe.
Fireworks and Safety Concerns
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 250 people are hospitalized every day from injuries as a result of fireworks in the month around the 4th of July holiday. Last year, 11,100 visited the emergency department because of firework injuries. Within the last few days, TNT red, white, and blue fireworks have been recalled because of burn injuries that occurred from unexpected explosions.
Put simply, fireworks are dangerous.
What You Should Know About Fireworks
If you are going to use fireworks at home, you should know the following facts:
- Sparklers (some of them now legal in New Jersey) burn at a temperature of approximately 2000 degrees— hot enough to melt some metals.
- Fireworks sold in brown paper are most likely intended for professional use, not in the backyard.
- Static electricity in clothing can set off firecrackers.
And you should consider the following safety tips:
- Never re-light or pick up fireworks that did not ignite.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Do not shoot fireworks from metal or glass container.
New Jersey Fireworks Shows
Thankfully, you can enjoy more spectacular fireworks with fewer risks. If you are in Bergen County and don’t feel like going to New York for the big fireworks display, we have plenty of great and safe displays here on our doorstep:
- June 30: Edgewater; Rutherford.
- July 1: Glenrock; Ridgefield; Tenafly.
- July 2: Lyndhurst; Maywood; Paramus.
- July 3: Leonia; Meadowlands; Oradell; Saddle Brook.
- July 4: Hackensack; Meadowlands; Ridgewood.
We hope that you get to see enjoy these fireworks displays here in Bergen County.
And please remember that if you read headlines that fireworks are legal in New Jersey, please know that only limited fireworks are legal and there is an age restriction.
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys
Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, Trigg, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LCC remind you that if you or a loved one is injured as a result of fireworks, you must get immediate medical attention. Burn injuries are extremely painful and can lead to permanent scarring.
The New Jersey burn injury lawyers at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, Trigg, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LCC wish all of our friends a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.