MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Mount Olive Police Department encourages residents to use legal fireworks in a safe and responsible manner as Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach.
Explosive and aerial fireworks are not only dangerous but also illegal. New Jersey state law prohibits the possession and use of aerial fireworks such as firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, or other fireworks of like construction, police said
Handheld or ground based sparklers, snakes, glow works, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, including party poppers, snappers, and drop pops can be possessed and used without a permit by persons 16 years of age or older under the state law. Although these items are legal, they can still cause injury, police said.
To help avoid needless injury the Mount Olive Police Department recommends the following:
- Responsible & sober adult supervision of everyone using firework devices, especially children.
- Sparklers burn at high temperatures and can easily cause injury to an unsupervised child.
- Do not place your body directly over a firework device while igniting it.
- Never re-light fireworks that did not completely ignite.
- Have a bucket of water or hose readably available to douse any fires and spent firework devices.
“Last, respect your community and neighbors. Please be mindful of the time of night firework devices
are used and collect any spent devices from public spaces,” police said.