Independence Day is right around the corner. That means it’s time to fire up the grill and watch the fireworks on Coney Island or from Macy’s as they burst over the East River.
If you’re new to the city, here’s some news for you: Those are just about the only two places you can watch fireworks, because New York and New York City have some of the most strict fireworks laws on the books of anywhere in the country.
Nowhere in New York State are you allowed to set off airborne fireworks. “Sparkling devices” are legal everywhere in the state — except in the Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Schenectady counties.
According to the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, sparkling devices are defined as “ground-based” or “handheld devices” that emit “a shower of colored sparks and/or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.” They may only be bought and sold from June 1st to July 5th from these approved vendors.
Every year, fireworks start 18,500 fires, cause tens of millions of dollars in damage and send nearly 13,000 people to the emergency room.
Most NY homeowners insurance policies will cover property damage caused by fireworks — but with some major exclusions.
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