The Lakewood Police Department would like to wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July. While many of you are closing out this holiday weekend, we would like to take the opportunity to clarify the new law pertaining to fireworks.
Recently, Governor Christie has enacted the legalization of some fireworks. You may now use and purchase sparklers, ground-based sparklers, novelty items, party poppers, snappers and other items considered to be non-explosive and non aerial fireworks.
It is still illegal to sell, purchase and/or use, any type of firework that shoot into the air and/or explodes such as roman candles, bottle rocks, M-80’s or the like. Those caught in violation are subject to arrest, fines and penalties.
Even though some items, such as sparklers are now legal, they can still cause injury and serious burns. Here are some Sparkler Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them an unlit sparkler and then light it. If a youth is holding the sparkler, have an adult light it. Only light one at a time and hold one sparkler at a time.
- Those using sparklers should stand at least six feet away from each other. Never use a sparkler when sitting down or holding a child.
- Be aware that sparks can ignite clothing, so avoid loose fitting clothes that could catch fire. Closed-toe shoes help prevent foot burns.
- The sparkler wire stays hot long after the flame has burned out, so drop the used sparklers directly in a bucket of water.