FAIR LAWN, NJ - "Fireworks are an issue, we're looking at it as a borough and as a state." ~ Mayor Kurt Peluso.

At the final virtual council meeting on June 23 during the coronavirus shutdown which began in March, the Mayor fielded a question from a resident who asked what the Council was prepared to do with the uptick in loud booms that occur late into the evening on any day of the week within earshot of most residents in the borough.

Peluso acknowledged the issue and said the borough and the state are "looking at it."

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Fair Lawn Police put out a press release on Friday, June 26, warning residents that "Playing with fireworks invites disaster, and without a license, it’s against the law. It simply is just not worth the risks of injury or penalty." 

Police explained "while recent legislation in New Jersey permits the retail sale and use of hand-held and ground sparklers, as well as some other small novelty items by persons that are at least 16 years of age, all other explosive and aerial devices remain prohibited."

"The sale, use and possession of firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets and roman candles is illegal unless a permit for public display has been obtained by a trained pyrotechnic specialist," police said.

"The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fireworks cause tens of millions of dollars in property damage, thousands of injuries, as well as several deaths each year," police said. "According to the NFPA, more than half those injuries occur to persons under age 20. Because of the unpredictability of fireworks, innocent bystanders are often victimized."

"Flying rockets are quite capable of igniting a nearby house or flammable liquid," police said. "Seemingly safe sparklers also pose a hazard as they heat up to 1200 degrees, sending hot cinders flying out of control."

For further information on fire safety, contact Fair Lawn Bureau of Fire Prevention at 201-794-5408.