WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac announced Tuesday that the Woodbridge Township Police Department responded to 43 complaints of illegal fireworks on July 4th, issued three summonses to residents identified as possessing illegal fireworks, and confiscated more than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks from various locations throughout the township.
“Illegal fireworks are extremely dangerous,” McCormac said. “Each year, area hospitals treat residents who have been seriously injured or maimed while setting-off illegal fireworks. And, illegal fireworks endanger the safety and welfare of entire neighborhoods when used recklessly by individuals who are not permitted to possess fireworks.
“This year, the Woodbridge Police Department announced in advance that special teams of officers would be on duty to respond to neighborhood complaints involving illegal fireworks – 43 complaints were investigated and dozens of cartons of illegal fireworks were confiscated. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.”
According to Woodbridge P.D. Chief William Trenery, summonses were issued to Michael McCarthy, Jr., 34, of Port Reading; Michelle M. Giovatto, 38, of Fords; and Keith Dante, 46, of Fords.
A significant amount of illegal fireworks were seized by the police department after responding to complaints of a large gathering of residents near the Holly Street Park in Fords. Officers confiscated a large quantity of illegal fireworks including: 9-shot 3” motors; 16-shot Phantom fireworks; 9-shot Double Take fireworks; Double Break Shells; Aerial Barrage fireworks; 16-shot Molten-Core fireworks; 16-shot Pyrotechnic Motherlode fireworks, War Birds, and other assorted, high-powered fireworks.
All types of fireworks are illegal in Woodbridge Township and throughout New Jersey. Under the state Fireworks Regulation Law, it is a crime to sell, use, and/or possess any kind of fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, M80’s, cherry bombs, salutes, and sparklers.
Possession of illegal fireworks is a disorderly persons offense and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 30 days in jail. Possession with intent to sell fireworks is a fourth degree crime, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 18 months in jail. Possession of destructive devices is a third degree crime with fines of up to $10,000 and incarceration of up to three to five years in jail.
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