In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating July 4th.  Please remember that some Fireworks are legal, however there are some that aren’t.    Please be cautious when using fireworks, we do not want anyone to get hurt.  Remember that a responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities, never give fireworks to a child.

Just because stores are selling fireworks, doesn’t mean they are legal to possess in New Jersey.  Below please refer to the list of legal and illegal fireworks.

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Please abide by the laws. It’s not worth the money and court time to be in violation of them.  The law 21:3-2 is below regarding Sale/Possession of fireworks;

21:3-2. Sale, possession or use prohibited; exceptions

a. It shall be unlawful for any person to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, possess or use, or explode any blank cartridge, toy pistol, toy cannon, toy cane or toy gun in which explosives are used; the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same; firecrackers; torpedoes; skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, or other fireworks of like construction, or any fireworks containing any explosive or inflammable compound or any tablets or other device commonly used and sold as fireworks containing nitrates, chlorates, oxalates, sulphides of lead, barium, antimony, arsenic, mercury, nitroglycerine, phosphorus or any compound containing any of the same or other explosives, or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, other than aviation and railroad signal light flares.

b. Notwithstanding subsection a. of this section, it shall be lawful for a person to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, store, possess, or use:

(1) a toy pistol, toy cane, toy gun, or other device in which paper or plastic caps containing .25 grain or less of explosive compound per cap are used, providing they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for use, and toy pistol paper or plastic caps which contain less than .20 grains of explosive mixture per cap;

(2) sparkling devices and novelties as defined in R.S.21:2-2 if the person is 16 years of age or older. Sparkling devices and novelties, including their sale or use, shall not be subject to further regulation by a municipality pursuant to R.S.40:48-1, except that the storage and sale of items listed in this paragraph shall be consistent with the standards set forth in NFPA 1124 National Fire Protection Association Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles, 2006 edition; and

(3) any item or device as otherwise provided in this chapter.


Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the Township of Washington Police immediately.  If you have any questions, as always, please contact the Township of Washington Police Department at 201-664-1140