What Fireworks Are Legal In New York State
While some fireworks are legal in New York, not all are.
I know you're probably gearing up to have a blast of a time this Fourth of July. But before your party is too banging (alright I'm done with the puns) you should probably know that not all fireworks are legal in New York State. WKBW reports that in 2018, New York adopted a law that made it so counties in New York have to opt out of the sale of sparkling devices. A.K.A. if your county hasn't opted out, sparkling devices are legal.
Sparkling Devices are defined as " Ground based, spiked, or handheld devices that produce showers of sparks and/or colored flame, audible crackling, whistling and smoke. These devices do not rise into the air, do not explode or produce a report," according to the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
In layman's terms, that means fireworks that fly or explode are illegal. Oh, and metal sparkling devices are also illegal, according to the State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Everything else is legal. You can find a list of state registered fireworks vendors here.
For a full list of all the fireworks celebrations this Fourth of July in the Hudson Valley, check out our Fireworks Guide.