Ex-NBA star, Gilbert Arenas was arrested in the early morning of June 27th for possession of illegal fireworks. Arenas was stopped by the California Highway Patrol after his Ford pickup was observed speeding with several boxes of fireworks in plain sight in the bed and cab of his truck.
California authorities reported that Arenas was issued a citation for speeding, was placed under arrest and will be booked in connection with the large supply of fireworks in his truck. Arenas' arrest exposes the strictness of firework laws.
As the Fourth of July quickly approaches many New Jersey residents will head out of state to get their firework supply for summer parties and home enjoyment; but beware, bringing them back over the border could land you in serious trouble or even jail.
Contrary to what online or out of state retailers may tell you, all fireworks are illegal in New Jersey, including sparklers. Whether you are driving with fireworks in the bed of your pickup truck or lighting them off in your backyard, if you are found with fireworks the penalties could include large fines and imprisonment. Fireworks laws are enforced by both municipal and state police agencies.
Statistics show that many bodily injuries amongst all age groups are associated with recreational fireworks use. Safety concerns have led to the crack down on fireworks in New Jersey.
New Jersey statute provides any person who sells, offers or exposes for sale, or possesses with intent to sell any fireworks as herein mentioned is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree punishable by fines up to $7,500.00 and/or up to 18 months imprisonment. Possession of a significant amount of fireworks may result in intent to sell charges.
New Jersey has also codified that any person who purchases, uses, discharges, causes to be discharged, ignites, fires, or otherwise sets in action, or possesses any fireworks is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense with fines up to $500 and/or up to 30 days in jail. This basically means that if you get caught using or even just holding fireworks, regardless if you were the purchaser or not, you could end up under arrest.
Think twice before you buy fireworks for your summer party.