Two years ago a big change came to New Jersey - fireworks became legal.

Before 2017, even sparklers were banned in the Garden State.

But two years ago, Governor Christie signed a law allowing "ground based sparkling devices and novelties" throughout the state.

So, what does that mean, exactly?

Here's the exact wording from New Jersey Senate bill S3034:

  • A wood stick or wire sparkler of not more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture per item;
  • A hand held or ground based sparkling device which is non-explosive and non-aerial, which may produce a crackling or whistling effect, and contain 75 grams or less of pyrotechnic composition per tube or a total of 500 grams or less for multiple tubes; and
  • Snakes and glow worms, smoke devices, and trick noisemakers, which include party poppers, snappers, and drop pops, each consisting of 25/100 grains or less of explosive mixture.

In other words, in general, if it doesn't leave the ground, it's legal in Jersey.

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, though, it's not stopping some people from shooting off bottle rockets and even some semi-professional looking rockets.

Fireworks can be fun, but they can also cause headaches, especially if your dog is like mine and is terrified of the explosions.

Stafford Township has put together a simple guide to which fireworks are legal in New Jersey and which aren't, just click here to check it out, and stay safe this summer!

 

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