Firework Laws

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 2, 2007 at 11:53 PM EDT

From Sparklers to Bottle Rockets to the Grand Finale. It's the time of year when fireworks light up the sky.
"That's the American tradition, people have done it for hundreds of years," said Jerry Mess of Mess's Fireworks.
But, fireworks are illegal in New York State, even through you can buy them easily right over the border in Pennsylvania, like at Mess's Fireworks in Great Bend.
"I can come down here with my car and I don't really need to worry about it, just drive down here and get them," said Matt Kneeland of Ithaca.
Selling fireworks in Pennsylvania is frustrating for New York State Police.
"I think that Pennsylvania should be restricting the sale, especially to New York residents knowing that they're going to be coming over here and committing a crime," said Sgt. John Lynch of the New York State Police.
In Pennsylvania state a resident trying to buy fireworks would have to show a permit. But New York State residents can buy it without one.
The permit to buy fireworks for people living in Pennsylvania is pretty easy to get, although you have to do it in advance. But if you're caught with fireworks in New York you could face up to a year in jail. After his own friend was hurt by faulty fireworks, Sergeant Lynch says the law is there to protect you.
"There's nothing good to come from fireworks when they're in the hands of people who aren't trained to use them properly," said Lynch.

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