Sparklers, party poppers now legal in New Jersey

Posted: Updated:
EDISON -

Popular Fourth of July novelty items like sparklers, party poppers and snappers are now legal to use in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the change into law Wednesday just in time for Independence Day celebrations.

Many local shop owners tell News 12 New Jersey that they were not aware of the change in the law and were not carrying the items just yet. 

Large retailers like Wal-Mart tell News 12 that they hope to have the items in local stores within the next few days.

New Jersey residents have often traveled into nearby Pennsylvania to purchase the items, which have been legal for some time. New Jersey state police officers were often stationed at the state boarder to prevent people from bringing the items into New Jersey.

Customers must be at least 16 years old to purchase the items in New Jersey. Explosive fireworks are still illegal to use in the Garden State.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome baby boy

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome baby boy

    It's the third child for Kate and Prince William, and he's fifth in line to the British throne.

    It's the third child for Kate and Prince William, and he's fifth in line to the British throne.

  • Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Guide: National park sites in the tristate area

    Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

    A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

  • 2018 Summer Stadium Tours

    2018 Summer Stadium Tours

    Here are the artists who will be performing at tri-state stadiums this summer.

    Here are the artists who will be performing at tri-state stadiums this summer.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."