New York fireworks purchasing laws explained

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While residents are now able to purchase some fireworks legally in Westchester County, there is still some confusion about which ones people can buy.

Certain types of fireworks can be sold in New York to those 18 years of age or older, but according to New York law, the ones for sale are “sparkling devices.”

Sparkling devices are ones that burn on the ground and do not explode in the air.  These devices are allowed to be sold and used according to a 2014 law.

A 2016 law decided that if a particular county wanted to “opt out” of selling fireworks, it would have to formally do so.

Westchester never did opt out, allowing sparklers, fountains, cakes and tubes to be legally lit.

Those who want to purchases firecrackers and bottle rockets need to buy them in Pennsylvania where they are legal.

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