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Fireworks illegal in NJ but legal in PA

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July 4th is around the corner which means there will be a lot of fireworks going off, but if you are from New Jersey, it’s going to be a little tough putting on your own show.

Fireworks are illegal in New Jersey without a permit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them. If you cross the river to Pennsylvania, you can purchase fireworks without a permit.

“As far as any out-of-state resident goes, we don’t require them having any permits for the state that they’re residing in,” says Joe Mazak, assistant manager of Phantom Fireworks. “Any out-of state resident can come in and purchase any item in the store.”

So if they sell to residents of New Jersey, they sell to residents of Pennsylvania, right? No, not the cool stuff at least. Cool fireworks like Pyro Pixie Dust or Cosmic Eruption can only be purchased by out-of-state residents, like those in New Jersey, where it’s illegal without a permit. Residents of Pennsylvania can purchase small fireworks like sparklers or jumping jacks.

“We assume that out-of-state residents will purchase fireworks legally and use them in a legal manner in accordance with their state,” said Mazak.

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick says New Jersey State Police are being vigilant for people transporting fireworks from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. “The people who go over to Pennsylvania and turn around and come back with fireworks have actually committed a crime,” said Bramnick on residents of New Jersey purchasing fireworks in Pennsylvania. “I’m not going to get involved with the Pennsylvania legislature, but I’m going to advise citizens that troopers are waiting at the border.”

Regardless of this debate, you’ll see and hear fireworks in your New Jersey neighborhood, legal or not.

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