As summer quickly approaches, the City of Middletown Police Department would like to remind our residents that ALL TYPES of fireworks remain illegal to buy, sell, possess, or use anywhere within the city limits. There is significant confusion surrounding the use of fireworks because the New York State legislature passed a law several years ago that legalized some types of fireworks around the July 4th holiday. What many people do not realize is that the law only legalized sparklers and other small ground fireworks, AND that municipalities had the option to opt out of the legislation and keep all fireworks illegal in the interest of public safety. Given the dense population of the City of Middletown and the substantial number of complaints that our agency and other officials receive every year for dangerous and disruptive fireworks displays, the City of Middletown chose to opt out of the fireworks law and keep ALL fireworks illegal.
While we recognize the desire of individuals to celebrate our nation’s independence, we must balance that desire with the safety of our residents and maintaining the high quality of life that people have come to expect from our great city. In the coming weeks and throughout the summer, the Middletown Police Department will be strictly enforcing all fireworks related offenses. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 15 days in jail. Please respect the law and the rights of your neighbors and don’t use fireworks in Middletown. There are numerous public displays that will take place around the local area, to include Middletown’s own celebration scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2021. Please be safe and feel free to contact the police department with any questions or concerns regarding fireworks or any other quality of life issues.