STATE POLICE REMIND RESIDENTS NOT TO — USE FIREWORKS

250px-New_Jersey_State_PoliceState Police sent out a press release reminding residents to avoid using fireworks this year. Every year, children and adults are injured during their use and go to the emergency room as a result. Police will be enforcing the illegal flow of fireworks into the state. It is illegal to sell, use, and/or possess any kind of fireworks including firecrackers, Roman candles, M80’s, cherry bombs, salutes, and even sparklers in New Jersey without a valid permit.  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 fireworks is a disorderly persons offense, but possession with the intent to sell is a fourth-degree offense, with a possible maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.

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