Linden Announces Fireworks Zero Tolerance Policy

LINDEN —City police are warning residents that illegal fireworks will not be tolerated this year.

“If you’re caught with fireworks, you will be charged,” police Chief Michael Boyle said.

Each year, there are reports about someone who has to be taken to the emergency room because of an eye, finger or hand injury related to fireworks, Boyle said.

Use of consumer fireworks can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death, he said.

The Linden Police Department has a zero tolerance policy on the use of consumer fireworks.

Examples of illegal fireworks include sparklers, cherry bombs, firecrackers, fireworks, M-80s, M-100s, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells and mortars.

Under New Jersey law, the sale or possession of fireworks with the intent to sell, is a crime of the fourth degree. Anyone found guilty of possessing fireworks, including sparklers, with the intention to sell them, can be fined up to $7,500 or imprisoned for up to 18 months. Anyone found guilty of using illegal fireworks can be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to 130 days.

Residents who know of the use or sale of illegal fireworks within the city are urged to contact the Linden Police Department at (908) 474-8500.

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