What to Know About Fireworks Regulations in New York this Fourth of July

It is important to refresh your memory on New York’s fireworks regulations now that the 4th of July is around the corner. Continue reading to discover the regulations put into place to keep the citizens of New York safe this holiday. For the most part, fireworks are still illegal in the state of New York with the exception of some sparkling devices. Contact our experienced criminal defense attorney today if you have been convicted of a crime this 4th of July. We are prepared to fight for your rights in court.

New York Fireworks Regulations

New York modified their fireworks laws in 2014 allowing sparkling devices to be used as well as the following devices:

  • Snappers
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Cone fountains
  • Wood sparklers
  • Dipped sticks
  • Party poppers

New York does not allow the following fireworks:

  • Consumer fireworks
  • Metal wire sparklers
  • Chasers
  • Firecrackers
  • Skyrockets
  • Roman candles

According to The Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the following counties have prohibited the use and sale of Sparkling Devices:

  • Albany
  • Bronx
  • Columbia
  • Kings
  • Nassau
  • New York
  • Orange (in the Cities of Middletown and Newburgh)
  • Queens
  • Richmond
  • Schenectady
  • Suffolk
  • Westchester

Individuals under the age of 18 years are not permitted to use sparkling devices.

What should I know about selling or distributing sparking devices in New York State?

New York sellers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers of sparkling devices are required to apply for certification with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. They must also pay an annual fee.

What are the penalties for violating fireworks regulations?

The penalties for violating fireworks regulations in New York include hundreds of dollars in fines. Some related offenses may include reckless endangerment in the second degree and unpermitted use of indoor pyrotechnics in the second degree.

  • Possessing or exploding fireworks: charged with a violation
  • Selling or furnishing fireworks: class B misdemeanor
  • Selling or furnishing fireworks with a value of over $500: class A misdemeanor
  • Selling or furnishing fireworks to anyone under the age of 18: class A misdemeanor.
  • Selling or furnishing fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 and you have been previously convicted of this offense: class E felony.

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