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Fireworks are Illegal in New Jersey

While people want to display their patriotism more than ever this 4th of July, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department reminds residents and visitors that all fireworks including Chinese firecrackers, Roman candles, M80’s, cherry bombs, salutes, M100’s, etc., are illegal to possess, use or sell.

Sparklers, which can reach temperatures above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause serious burns or set clothing on fire.

Only paper and plastic caps, like those for toy guns, are allowed in New Jersey.

The HHPD stated that residents should leave fireworks displays to professionals who have a municipal permit and insurance as well as experience in handling these dangerous devices.

The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department noted that the vast majority of illegal fireworks are brought into New Jersey by adults and, as a result of such irresponsible actions, a disproportionate number of children suffer injuries.

In an effort to prevent injuries and property damage, state and local authorities have stepped up enforcement activities during the summer "fireworks season" confiscating illegal fireworks wherever found.

In any given year, the State Police confiscate between 500 and 1,000 cases of illegal fireworks or approximately six to eight tons of illegal explosives.

Possession of illegal fireworks is a disorderly person offense and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 30 days in jail.

Possession with intent to sell is a Fourth Degree crime, punishable by fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 18 months in jail. ###

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