UTICA, N.Y. – With less than a month before the Fourth of July, the Utica Police Department is reminding residents that use of illegal fireworks may result in misdemeanor charges, tickets or noise ordinance violations.
According to UPD, the only legal fireworks are classified as ‘sparkling devices,’ and are ground-based or handheld with fuses at the top, that let off colored sparks or flames, and can make cracking or whistling noises. This could include sparklers, cylindrical and cone fountains, as well as novelties like lanterns, poppers and smoke bombs.
Illegal fireworks are any that launch or project pyrotechnics into the air, and usually have a fuse at the bottom of the device, according to police. Examples of illegal fireworks are firecrackers, M80s, bottle rockets and roman candles.
Police can confiscate illegal fireworks under code 270 of the state Penal Law, and charge the offender with an appearance ticket for a class B misdemeanor.