Every year in the United States we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbeques, and fireworks---- things of which happy memories are made . But sadly,Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from the use of fireworks. The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention recommends the safest way to enjoy them is through public displays conducted by professionals hired by the communities.
Each year 30,000 fires in the US are caused by fireworks-7,000 people are injured,7 related fatalities and 35 million dollars in property damage.
Devices such as sparklers, roman candles,and firecrakers are the most common cause of injury to individuals under 15
Many parents who allow children to play with sparklers do not realize the tempratures reach 1500 - 1800 degrees
In New Jersey fire works are illegal, in fact sparklers, and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, smoke grenades, as well as firecrackers, roman candles are all illegal in this state. New Jersey laws on fireworks, N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seg are very restrictive. The sale of fireworks is a crime of the fouth degree, with a maximum fine of $7,500 and or a jail sentence of up to 18 months. Additionally, any individual who possesses or discharges fireworks is guilty of a petty disorderly offense and subject to a maximum fine of $500.00 and or a jail sentence of up to 30 days. It is the Bureaus intent to make you aware of the dangers and consequences of illegal fire works
The Bureau wishes all a happy and safe summer season and reminds residents to check your local newspaper for upcoming supervised events.
If you have any questions regarding fire works, do not hesitate to call the fire prevention bureau