Firework Safety in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

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The 4th of July is an exciting holiday. Many people celebrate Independence Day by lighting fireworks. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize how dangerous fireworks can be. When lighting fireworks, there are a number of important precautions to take. Read on to learn more about firework safety in New Jersey.

Firework Safety Preparation

You may be anxious to get the festivities started, but it is important that you do not light any fireworks without doing the following:

  • Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper. They are for professionals and should not be used in small neighborhoods.
  • Make sure adults are present and children never access fireworks alone
  • Keep water nearby, such as a hose, in the event that a fire starts
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container
  • Be sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying them
  • Keep your pets inside so they do not become scared or hurt

How to Light Fireworks Safely

Once the fireworks are safely set up, they can be ignited. But, there are still a number of safety measures to take, including: 

  • Wear eye protection at all times
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never light fireworks in your hand
  • Be sure all spectators are at a safe distance away from the display
  • Quickly back a safe distance away after lighting the display
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Never pick up and relight a firework if it did not properly combust
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes then douse it with cool water
  • Never consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks

Can I Take Legal Action for a Firework Accident?

If you were injured at a friend or family member’s home, or at an event, in a firework accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. If this occurs, you should be sure to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This is because of a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a firework accident, reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.