When you think of Americana, some things readily come to mind – patriotism, baseball, apple pie and fireworks on the Fourth of July to name a few. While these pyrotechnics have become almost synonymous with our Independence Day celebration, they can result in serious injury, especially when handled by the inexperienced.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks-related injuries bring an average of 230 people to the emergency room each day during the month surrounding the July 4th holiday. On top of that, possession and use of fireworks without the proper permits are illegal in New Jersey. Violating these laws carry maximum penalties of up to 18 months in jail and $10,000 in fines (see “NJ cops on the lookout for illegal fireworks”).