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Firework legalities in New York by County

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N.Y. (NEWS10) -With the 4th of July around the corner, New Yorkers are eager to see some fireworks. From professional firework shows to backyard parties, there is a big difference between what is allowed to light up the skies.

In some areas, such as Schenectady County, Lieutenant Ryan Macherone says the pyrotechnics are left only to those with experience. “In Schenectady here, there is no such thing as a legal firework. Not even sparklers, things like that. I know that they are legal elsewhere in the state, but here in Schenectady County, they are not.”

Twelve counties, including Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester have bans on all fireworks. Elsewhere in the state, residents are allowed to use what are called sparkling devices. “These are things that are either small and on the ground or handheld and just emit sparkles. That’s all,” explained Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey Law, Peter Pullano.

Pullano says being caught with fireworks that are banned in your county can land you in legal trouble. “For a simple possession of the fireworks, similar to getting a traffic ticket. However, if the amount gets big and you get over $500 worth of fireworks that are illegal, you’re looking at a Class B misdemeanor.”

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