Fireworks notice and safety tips

Fireworks notice and safety tips


The Paulsboro Police Department would like to remind the public that illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to the safety of our residents and their property. Illegal fireworks do not belong in our community and are against the law (N.J.S.A. 21:3-1, N.J.S.A. 21:3-2).

In addition to being a serious fire hazard, the noise from fireworks has a very real, negative impact. Frightened residents are losing sleep, children, babies, and the elderly are being woken up. Pets become terrified and our veterans and others with PTSD are experiencing real harm.

What’s legal

  • Non-explosive fireworks are legal in New Jersey. Examples: sparklers, cones, tubes that spark, snakes and party poppers.
  • You can use these types of fireworks in your yard or on your property.

What’s NOT legal

  • Fireworks that explode or take off. Examples: firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
  • You may not use any fireworks on public property including roads, alleys, schools and/or parks.

Penalties & Fines

  • If you are caught selling or possessing with the intent to sell fireworks, you will be found guilty of a fourth degree crime. This means you can spend up to 18 months in prison and face a fine of up to $10,000.
  • If you are caught using or merely possessing fireworks, you can be found guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense. You will still face up to 30 days of jail time and a fine of up to $500.
  • Violations of the Borough Noise and/or Disorderly House Ordinances may also apply

When to call 911

  • Call 911 for fireworks-related issues that are a threat to life, threat to public safety or are fire hazards.
  • A person is injured by fireworks.
  • Airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk.
  • The size of a fireworks gathering and unruly behavior are a threat to others.

*Reporting fireworks on social media is discouraged as police do not respond to such posts.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  1. Follow your local and state laws regarding the display and possession of fireworks. Make certain to read and follow all directions, caution labels and warnings labels on each individual firework device.
  2. Never allow children to handle, play with and/or light any type of fireworks.
  3. Do not consume alcohol while handling fireworks.
  4. Always display fireworks in a clear, open area free of overhead objects. Always provide for a safe distance between buildings and any viewing audience.
  5. Always light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability of the device.
  6. Never extend any part of your body over the top of any device.
  7. Always ignite one device at a time.
  8. Never attempt to re-ignite, alter, or fix any fireworks device which has failed to fire.
  9. Always have a form of fire suppression nearby. (fire extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water)
  10. Be cautious of igniting aerial devices during high wind conditions.
  11. Never aim, point, throw, or shoot fireworks at another person.
  12. Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of properly.

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