No summons issued for illegal fireworks in Berkeley: police

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BERKELEY, NJ – Berkeley Police told Patch that no summonses were issued for illegal fireworks use over the July 4 weekend.

In response to an investigation by Patch, police said no summonses were issued specifically for July 1 through July 4.

At a recent town council meeting, police encouraged residents to call if illegal fireworks use was spotted. Aerial fireworks such as rockets and mortars are banned in New Jersey, but that doesn’t stop residents from setting them off anyway.

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Residents of Berkeley have complained not only about the sound aspect of the fireworks, but also the impact on quality of life and safety concerns. One resident described the fireworks as being “like a war zone on water”.

In 2020, fireworks were implicated in approximately 15,600 injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2020 Annual Fireworks Report.

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The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has warned of the dangers of using aerial fireworks and legal fireworks. State Fire Marshal Richard Mikutsky previously urged residents to attend professionally performed public fireworks displays, rather than having them at home.

“If you are using non-aerial and fancy fireworks like sparklers, remember that they are very dangerous and should always be handled with extreme caution. Sparklers account for about a quarter of injuries caused by fireworks in emergency rooms in the dark and are a safe alternative to sparklers,” Mikutsky said.


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