As we gear up or the 4th of July, a lot of people in Western New York will make trips to Canada, Pennsylvania, or other places to pick up fireworks.

So why are they still illegal here in New York State?

Growing up in West Seneca, I remember that all fireworks were "Banned" and my Uncle used to make the trip to Pennsylvania to load up the family wagon with fireworks.

Believe it or not, but the ban on Fireworks in New York was first instituted back in 1909!

The ban remained in effect for years because of the poor quality of fireworks being produced and the potential for injuries.

In 2014, some cities and counties in New York passed a law that would allow certain types of "sparking devices" but many fireworks (ones that shoot up in the air or fire out a projectile" remain banned in the State.

The New York State Government's take on Fireworks, Let the professionals handle them the correct way!

While most police won't enforce the ban, if caught using fireworks that are banned you could be fined hundreds of dollars.