With only hours to go until the 4th of July parties begin, a lot of backyard BBQs will also feature fireworks this year, only the 2nd year that they're legal in the Garden State.

Two years ago, just having any kind fireworks in your possession in New Jersey could land you in hot water. But this time last summer former Governor Christie signed a bill that legalized some fireworks.

When it was signed, the new rule in New Jersey was pretty similar to the laws when I lived in Pennsylvania a decade ago - "sparkler" type fireworks are in the clear.

That basically includes anything that doesn't shoot off a projectile and doesn't explode.

So, sparklers, fountains, and smoke bombs are all ok, but roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers are still banned in Jersey.

Interestingly, just as New Jersey relented on sparklers, Pennsylvania changed their laws to relax their prohibition and allow a much wider range of fireworks.

But before you decide to hop the border and bring back an explosive party pack for your Independence Day celebration, the fines range anywhere from $1,000 all the way up to $10,000 if you're caught with contraband in NJ.

Not exactly worth smuggling explosives into the Garden State, is it?


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