Economy Could Help Ease Restrictions Of Fireworks Sales In Tri-State Area

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — While the sale of fireworks is illegal in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Delaware, beaches and backyards in those states and others could be more explosive than ever this year.

The New York Times says other states and communities have lifted fireworks restrictions to bring in tax revenues. In 2010, the fireworks industry generated $952 million in sales and approximately two-thirds of those sales were to consumers.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports: The Economy Could Help Ease Restrictions Of Fireworks Sales

Pennsylvania allows locals to buy sparklers and small fireworks and allows out-of-state residents to purchase a larger selection.

Do you think the ban on buying fireworks should be lifted? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  • Michael A. Adashefski

    Certain types of fireworks are safe for neighborhood use but the so called Heavyweights or Cakes shouldn’t be used in suburban areas. We had one fall off a table a few years back while it was going off and it sprayed sparks everywhere. It was secured with cinder blocks around it but the black powder bursts caused it to bounce and fall on its side. We got lucky that no fires were started but it was a close call. Rockets and fountains and smaller items are safer to use with some good precautions, but leave the larger stuff to the Pros who know how to handle and use these things safely and properly.

  • Sue Milner

    I don’t have an issue with sparklers and such as long as they don’t allow the sale of those cherry bombs. They are very dangerous and tend to blow children’s fingers off !

  • Bob Borzotta

    One reason these things are illegal is because people had to fight to make them illegal due to the noise they make when used by bad neighbors. I’m not particularly bothered, but a neighbor behind me uses them and I’ll find detonated fireworks in my yard. If he wakes up my 2-yr-old this year, I’ll report him to the local police. Who’ll do nothing. So legal or illegal, noise culture will continue to overtake the culture as humans get stupider and stupider. And yes, may they all blow themselves up. Go to a fireworks show, don’t put on your own, you idiots. Maybe I like U2, so I’ll go to their concert — I’m not going to pretend I can sing like Bono in my backyard.

  • Uncle Sam

    Life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Its what freedom is all about, and the fourth of July stands for. State governments have no right to legislate how we decide to spend our 4th of July. The founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

    What happened to the ‘rocket’s red glare’?

    Seems like you have to be Russian or Chinese if you want more freedoms than with this oppressive, big-brother government legislating every aspect of one’s life. :(

    • Joseph Sonido

      You are a moron.

  • Fed-Up

    Just another example of the hypocritical behavior of politicians. It’s the same with cigarettes, they don’t want us to smoke but they tax the hell out of cigarettes and turn a blind eye to smoking – laughing all the way to the bank with their tax revenue. I understand safety is a concern, but as far as I’m concerned either you politicians keep your nose out of our business and let people live their lives with what little freedoms we have left. Or cut the bull and just setup a socialist government and big brother can finally watch everything we do. Seems like we’re heading that direction anyway in this country.

    Obama-care my ass. My health care premiums went up after his bill was passed, now paying $508 per month as a hard working small business owner. That’s $6000 a year of my hard earned money going towards healthcare and I’m healthy, meanwhile there are hundreds of thousands of people out there sucking our government dry with their free medical care, food stamps, and subsidized rent. Get off your ass people, it’s not that hard! Just take your head out of your ass and look around you – see what’s going on in our economy and gov’t, see what kind of BS these politicians are feeding you. You’re all just pawns.

  • Joseph

    II say; “Get rid of all the restrictions”. If all the dum dums blow them selves up with them then there will be that many fewer dum dums left to deal with. Those of us with some sense will either not use them or will take the time and effort to learn and practice the safe use of them.

    • Fed-Up

      Agreed. We need to weed out idiots from this planet. There are too many of them running rampant and breeding.

    • KPMc

      What if the dum-dums blow someone ELSE up. Or if they burn down someone elses house hours later after the rockets smolder on the roof?

      I don’t care if the laws protect people from themselves but I rather want them their to protect me and my family from you IDIOTS!

      Secondly… I don’t want to hear explosives all night long. Doesn’t that infringe on MY rights?

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