MIDDLETOWN, NJ  - Chief Robert Oches, Middletown Township Police Department, is issuing a strong warning to all township residents and store owners that the possession, sale and use of fireworks is unlawful.

New Jersey’s Laws on Fireworks, N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 21:3-1 et seq., are very restrictive.  In some states fireworks are permitted to be sold to, and used by, the public.  However, in New Jersey, only paper or plastic caps for use in toy guns are legal.

Sparklers and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke grenades, toy propellants, snaps & pops, poppetts and champagne poppers, as well as firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, etc., are all illegal in the State of New Jersey.  Do not be fooled by a salesperson who tries to tell you that they are authorized to be sold by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, mail order houses, sold in other states, or permitted to be shipped by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  I repeat - the only fireworks that can legally be sold and used in New Jersey are paper and plastic caps for toy cap guns.  If you have any doubt when approached by a salesperson, call the Office of Safety Compliance directly at (609) 292-2096 for verification.

The Fireworks Laws are jointly enforced by municipalities and The New Jersey Department of Labor.  The law states that the sale or possession of fireworks, with intent to sell, is a crime of the fourth degree.  Any person found guilty of possessing fireworks, including sparklers, with the intention of selling them, can be fined up to $7,500 and/or imprisoned up to 18 months. Any person found using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to 30 days.

If you have any questions about the Fireworks Laws, feel free to contact the Office of Safety Compliance at (609) 292-2096. 

It is requested that parents instruct their children of the law and the hazards of fireworks.  It is also requested that any resident having information concerning violations to report them to the Middletown Township Police Department (615-2100).

Let’s keep this a safe 4th of July this year and every year.