Westampton Residents, July 4th Precautions, please read!

As the July 4th holiday approaches, we encourage the residents of Westampton Township to enjoy the festivities and time spent together.  With many venues cancelling fireworks displays this year, we also understand that some will take it upon themselves to engage in setting off fireworks at their own residences. 

We would like to remind everyone of Township Ordinance  166-1. Creation of loud, unreasonable or unnecessary noise prohibited, which states: The making, creating or permitting of any noise of such character, intensity or duration as to be detrimental to the life, health, or welfare of any individual or which steadily or intermittently annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, peace or safety of any individual is hereby prohibited.

Respectfully, Title 21 (Explosives and Fireworks) of New Jersey State Code, specifically 21:2-6 Dangerous fireworks prohibited, states it shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, transport, or use dangerous fireworks within the state.  “Dangerous fireworks” include:

Toy torpedoes containing more than 5 grains of an explosive composition.

Paper caps containing more than .35 grain of explosive composition.

Firecrackers or salutes exceeding 5 inches in length or 3/4 inch in diameter.

Cannons, canes, pistols or other devices designed for use otherwise than with paper caps.

Any fireworks containing a compound or mixture of yellow or white phosphorous or mercury.

Any fireworks that contain a detonator or blasting cap.

Fireworks compositions that ignite spontaneously or undergo marked decomposition when subjected for 48 consecutive hours to a temperature of 167 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fireworks that can be exploded en masse by a blasting cap placed in one of the units or by impact of a rifle bullet or otherwise.

Fireworks, such as fuses, containing a match tip, or head, or similar igniting point or surface, unless each individual tip, head or igniting point or surface is thoroughly covered and securely protected from accidental contact or friction with any other surface.

Fireworks containing an ammonium salt and a chlorate.

We request that everyone please take your fellow neighbors and their animals into consideration.  Many residents have young children and animals that may become anxious and frightened at the sound of fireworks. Residents should also remember that fireworks are dangerous explosive devices that can lead to severe injuries and even lead to death. 

Please enjoy your July 4th holiday responsibly and respectfully!