WAYNE, NJ – During a video update filmed at this office and posted Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Chris Vergano warned residents of the dangers of fireworks and let residents know that there would be additional Wayne Police patrolling the streets on the nights of July 2, 3 and 4.

“The Wayne Township Police Department continues to respond to calls regarding the illegal use of fireworks during this time of year,” Vergano said in a video broadcast from his office at Town Hall. “In 2018, 67 per cent of all firework injuries were sustained during the 30-day period surrounding the Fourth of July. 5,600 injuries occurred nationwide due to fireworks with 36% occurring in children under 15. There were also five reported deaths, nationally, due to fireworks.”

Vergano provided the simple distinction between legal and illegal fireworks.  “If they go up in the air, they are illegal,” he said. “The Wayne Police Department will be enforcing these laws in an effort to keep our community safe and to help ensure that everyone can celebrate our nation's independence safely and peacefully.”

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“Now everybody's been warned, so please cooperate,” he said, then concluded with: “I want to wish you, on behalf of my family, a happy healthy and safe holiday.”