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Fireworks are Illegal and Dangerous

Police Chief Robert Flannelly wishes to remind residents of the hazardous nature of fireworks. Almost every year over 100 known accidents involving the discharge of fireworks are reported in the state of New Jersey. Emergency rooms have treated children and adults for burns, eye injuries, lacerations, and even amputations caused by fireworks. In addition to being dangerous, fireworks are illegal in the state of New Jersey. Anyone who possesses or discharges fireworks can be fined up to $500 and/or sentenced to up to six months in jail. Fireworks include novelty items, such as “cigarette loads”, “smoke grenades”, “snaps and pops”, “sparklers”, etc. The fireworks laws are enforced by the Rochelle Park Police Department. Chief Flannelly stresses public cooperation in observing the fireworks laws so that all seasons, especially the summer, will be both enjoyable and safe.

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