Rochester, N.Y. (WROC) – In a few weeks, fireworks will once again light the skies to celebrate the Fourth of July. But this year, there’s a big change.
This will be the first year when small fireworks are legal to shoot off in the state of New York.
The places that are selling the small sparklers are quickly running out of the products. There aren’t many places around the Rochester area selling fireworks, but those few shops are doing very well.
Ground-based sparklers are now legal, and even without the big bangs, people are flocking to shops selling them.
The owner of Barely Legal Fireworks says people are buying so much in his New York tents that he’s actually closing some of his Pennsylvania locations to bring more merchandise north.
He continues to remind customers that nothing he sells will shoot into the sky.
“A lot of people come in here asking for the big stuff – the mortars, the Roman Candles – all that stuff is illegal,” said shop owner Jason Guck. “What we sell here is Shower of Sparks, ground-based items. Nothing you can actually project into the air.”
Before you head out to a tent to buy fireworks, make sure you check if it’s legal to set off fireworks in your county.
In Wayne, Livingston, Yates and Ontario counties, it’s legal. It is still illegal in Monroe County.