A-4448

July 23, 2020 | Number of The Day
Assembly bill that proposes rolling back New Jersey’s fireworks legalization

Who in New Jersey didn’t lose some shut-eye in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations — and for many nights afterward? The fizzle and pop of sparklers, snakes and other assorted fireworks have been part of this summer’s night sounds, along with the crack and bang of far larger rockets and crosettes. Now, at least one lawmaker wants to revisit the legislation then-Gov. Chris Christie signed in 2017 that loosened restrictions on which fireworks were legal for sale in the state.

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic) has introduced a bill, A-4448, that would ban “nonexploding, nonaerial fireworks” that became legal three years ago. Politico New Jersey reports that Wimberly is concerned the legalization here of the lower-grade fireworks has caused confusion, because some of them look similar to more powerful, and dangerous, fireworks that are sold in Pennsylvania.