Emphasizing the county-wide water restrictions in place since Friday, Monmouth County officials are reminding residents of the state's fireworks laws and dangers.
"With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it is important to understand the risks of illegal fireworks,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said in a press release. “Our current water emergency makes this even more critical."
New Jersey American Water lifted the boil-water advisory for the Rumson-Fair Haven area on Sunday evening. However, the outdoor watering ban remains in effect.
"With or without these firefighting water tankers it remains critically important for residents to adhere to the outdoor watering ban so there will be enough water pressure should there be a fire," Curley said in a statement on Monday.
New Jersey is one of five states (the other four being Delaware, Massachusettes and New York) that bans all consumer fireworks. Fireworks caused 15,500 reported fires in 2010 along with over 8,500 related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The only way New Jersey residents can legally enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional display. In recent years, however, these professional displays have been growing fewer and fewer.
"Parades, community celebrations, Christmas displays, everything is looked at and can’t be a sacred cow in budgeting these days,” Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Bill Dressel told the Asbury Park Press last week. “Can towns afford it when they are laying off a policeman or a public works employee or someone else?"
Several other Monmouth County towns are nevertheless managing to host fireworks displays this year. Starting tonight, fireworks will go off in Freehold, Keansburg and Hazlet, with more displays taking place tomorrow in Asbury Park and West Long Branch. Atlantic Highlands will have fireworks on Friday, July 6.
The schedule for nearby fireworks displays can be viewed here.