A Message from the Geneva Fire Department:
With Summer upon us and gatherings of picnics and weddings being planned, the Geneva Fire Department would like to remind the citizens of Geneva of the following:
A change in New York State Penal Law allows for the sale and use of a specific category of consumer fireworks known as Sparkling Devices.
Sparkling Devices are ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke. The law limits the type, size and construction of Sparkling Devices and requires that these devices must be hand held or mounted on a base or spike and be limited in sizes that range from 1 to 500 grams of pyrotechnic composition.
Sale and use of Sparkling Devices is legal in counties that have not enacted a local law pursuant to section 405.00 of the Penal Law of NY.
See the applicable sections of the Penal Law here:
Sellers, manufacturers and distributors of Sparking Devices are required to apply for a license from the Office of Fire Prevention and Control and pay an annual fee and be subject to other rules and conditions. Details available at www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/news/sparklingdevices.cfm
Sales of Sparkling Devices by certified permanent and specialty retailers can occur from June 1 to July 5 and December 26 to January 1.
Sales of Sparkling Devices by certified temporary stands or tents can only occur from June 20 to July 5 and December 26 to January 1.
All other type of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners and aerial devices, remain illegal statewide.
SAFE USE OF FIREWORKS:
- Should only be used under direct adult supervision
- Should not be used near dry vegetation, 15 Feet of a structure, flammable/combustible materials etc.
- Not be used on public property without a proper permit
- Always have a fire extinguisher nearby
- Observe the use area for at least 1 Hour after use
- Call 911 for any emergency
HAVE A HEALTHY AND SAFE SUMMER
Submitted: Chief Del Parrotta, Geneva Fire Department, firstname.lastname@example.org 315-789-6305