Fireworks Laws in NYS

Fourth of July week is upon us and since this year, the holiday falls on a Wednesday, New Yorkers are likely going to use the weekends before and after to celebrate. One of the most classic associations with this holiday is the use of fireworks. New York, like many of our neighboring states, has outlawed the vast majority of fireworks. However, over the last couple of years, the fireworks restrictions in New York have been somewhat loosened. Now, New York State law allows for sparkling devices and ground-based fireworks to be purchased in used throughout much of the state. Despite this change, New York City, as well as Nassau, Columbia, Richmond and Schenectady Counties are not permitted to sell or use sparkling devices because the counties did not accept the change in the law.

It is also important to be aware that individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to use or purchase fireworks or sparkling devices, even if they are otherwise legal. Those who break New York’s strict fireworks laws may be subject to fines that can be several hundred dollars.

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