July 3, 2020 | Number of The Day
NJ residents’ per capita spending on fireworks

If it seems all your neighbors do as soon as the sun dips below the horizon is set off fireworks, you might want to consider how much worse things could be. All told, according to analysis from ValuePenguin, New Jersey residents spent $1,981,527 on consumer fireworks in 2019. That works out to $0.22 per capita — a pittance. The pyrotechnically inclined folks in Missouri shelled out a total of $51,088,748, or $8.34 per capita. If you long for silence on Independence Day, head for Massachusetts ($0.03 per capita) or Rhode Island ($0.02).

Keep in mind, if you plan on indulging in pyrotechnics yourself, only “ground-based sparkling devices and novelties” are legal in New Jersey. The Division of Consumer Affairs has a snazzy flyer on its website, with pictures of legal devices. Basically, sparklers, smoke balls, whistlers, fountains and spinners are OK. If it flies, forget about it: skyrockets and bottle rockets. And don’t waste time pining for roman candles and good old-fashioned firecrackers.

Whatever you’re setting off, be very, very careful. ValuePenguin reports that in 2019, 25% of all firework-related injuries nationwide involved kids 10 and under.