By the New York Press Association
New York state has a new fireworks law for the 4th of July. Here's how to follow it.
How: The state passed a law in 2014 that allows fireworks leading up to the 4th of July and New Year's Eve - but only in counties that also pass a local law to allow it. Local counties include Allegany, Cattaraugus and Niagara.
What kinds of fireworks are legal:
What kinds of fireworks are not legal:
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And it is not legal to set off fireworks in counties that did not approve the new law, even if you bought them in a county that allows fireworks, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Who: You must be 18.
Why: The point of the new law is to stop people from buying fireworks in other states. The state estimates legalization could generate $2 million in tax revenue this year. Many New Yorkers head south to buy fireworks legally just across the border in Pennsylvania.
When: The use of sparklers is legal from June 1 to July 5 and from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.
Where: Sparklers are legal this year in counties including Allegany, Cattaraugus and Niagara, according to the New York State Association of Counties.