Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon urges everyone to enjoy legal fireworks under responsible adult supervision as part of the Fourth of July festivities, including the sparklers, snakes, glow works, smoke devices and trick noisemakers that can be legally bought and possessed in New Jersey.
Other than certain hand-held and ground-based devices – legal in New Jersey since an amendment to the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act in June 2017 — the sale, possession and use of all other fireworks require a valid permit issued by the municipality in which a fireworks display is planned, and approved by the fire and police chiefs.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Doug Meyer, who oversees the Office’s Bomb Squad, and the state Division of Consumer Affairs recommend tips to safely enjoy both the use of personal, legal fireworks and as an observer of permitted firework displays:
- Always have a responsible adult supervise children’s use of legal fireworks. According to the Division of Consumer Affairs, legal fireworks are limited to hand-held and ground-based sparklers, snakes, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, snappers and drop pops.
- Caution should always be used while handling even the simplest fireworks. They are considered explosives and can still cause serious injury and damage to property.
- Check the surrounding display area and remove combustible material. Don’t set off fireworks on grass. Keep a hose or full water bucket nearby in case of fire.
- Since all fireworks are sensitive to heat, shock and friction, assure that proper attire and safe storage of bulk legal fireworks is strictly adhered to.
- Do not introduce a flame or heat source around stored fireworks.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe handling.
- Do not handle fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending local professional fireworks displays.
“Fireworks are part of the noisy, colorful Fourth of July summer tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence and freedom but please be responsible and law-abiding to avoid any injury or property damage,” Sheriff Gannon said.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest statistics found that 68 percent of all fireworks injuries were sustained during the 30-day time period surrounding the Independence Day holiday.
Nationally, the latest available figures show, 1,100 injuries were attributed to fireworks, mostly burns to the hand and head, including eyes, face and ears.
Public fireworks displays are scheduled at multiple locations in Morris County:
- July 3: Dover, Hamilton Field Complex, 302 E. McFarlan Street. 6 p.m.
- July 4: Denville, Gardner Field, 2 Savage Road. 7-9:30 p.m.
- July 4: Mountain Lakes Games and Fireworks, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- July 6: Randolph, County College of Morris, Center Grove Road. 9:45 p.m.
- July 4: Parsippany, Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road. 7:30 p.m.
- July 4: Florham Park, Emmett Field, Ridgedale Avenue. 8:15 p.m.
- July 4: Chatham Borough, Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street. 7 p.m.