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Geneva New York - Message from the Geneva Fire Department Fireworks 01 July 2022 ( news )
Geneva , state New York ( By Press Release office)
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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:
Section 270 . 00 (
www . dhses . ny . gov/ofpc/laws/documents/270 . pdf
Section 405 . 00 (
www . dhses . ny . gov/ofpc/laws/documents/405 . pdf
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 ,
dparrotta@geneva . ny . us
315 - 789 - 6305
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