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What are the Fireworks Regulations in New York State this Fourth of July?

Fourth of July celebrations are known for their huge firework displays. While the holiday is just around the corner, it’s important to understand what regulations are put into place to keep New Yorkers safe this July fourth. For the most part, fireworks are still illegal with the exception of some fun sparkling devices. Violating the law may result in serious consequences for those who chose to set off fireworks that go against state regulations.

Fireworks Regulations in New York State

New York State modified fireworks laws for the first time since 1914 a century later in 2014. Since the adjustment, the use and sale of sparking devices have been allowed in New York. The law also states Ground-based or handheld sparkling devices including cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, and wood sparklers/dipped sticks; party poppers, snappers are allowed. What is not allowed include aerial consumer fireworks, firecrackers, chasers, skyrockets, roman candles, bombs, and metal wire sparklers.

The sale and use of Sparkling Devices are legal in counties and cities that have not enacted a local law pursuant to section 405.00 of the Penal Law of NY.

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

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

It is also important to note that anyone under the age of 18 is permitted to use sparkling decides. This is regardless of whether they have been legalized.

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

Sparkling Devices sellers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers who are conducting business in New York State are required to apply for a certification with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. They are also required to pay a yearly fee.

What happens if I violate fireworks regulations this Fourth of July?

When individuals chose to violate fireworks laws, especially on a heightened holiday such as the Fourth of July, they risk facing hundreds of dollars in fines if caught.

If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential that you reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. Reach out to our experienced criminal attorney and we will walk you through the legal process ahead. If you have any further questions regarding fireworks regulations in New York and its penalties, contact our firm today. Give us a call today to discuss our services and learn how we can assist your upcoming case.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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