Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Friday:

⬛ Don't be fooled: What NJ law says about fireworks


Just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, officials are reminding residents that the purchase or sale of fireworks is not only dangerous but illegal under New Jersey state law.

New Jersey’s fireworks laws are enforced by the Department of Labor's Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health, which conducted 19 inspections of entertainment shows using fireworks in 2022 to ensure proper licensing.

Under The New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act, the only permissible fireworks are hand-held, or ground-based sparklers, snakes, and glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers.
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⬛ Do you trust games at the Jersey Shore? Inspections are underway


You want to have fun at the shore. Officials want to make sure you're not getting scammed.

Periodic inspections are underway, and will continue throughout the summer, of arcades and prize stands at oceanside destinations, to ensure the legitimacy of the games being offered. More than 100 violations were handed down in summer 2022.

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⬛ Dramatic helicopter rescue saves NJ firefighters from waterfall


Video shows a group of Clifton firefighters trapped in a boat at the edge of a waterfall rescued by a State Police helicopter on Wednesday.

A pair of firefighters performing a boat rescue became stranded at the bottom of a waterfall in the Passaic River and needed the help of a State Police helicopter to get back to dry land.

Clifton Fire Chief Frank Prezioso told New Jersey 101.5 that a rescue team from the fire department went out on the water Wednesday afternoon. The plan was to rescue a small group of maintenance workers, also on a boat, that had gotten stuck near the Dundee Dam.

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⬛ Can parasitic wasps handle NJ's spotted lanternfly invasion?


No human work could replicate the potential impact of a natural predator.

The main problem is, none of those natural predators — at least ones that can make a reasonable dent in the spotted lanternfly numbers — are found in the United States.

But through studies occurring beyond New Jersey's borders, researchers believe they've identified two parasitic wasps from Asia that could do the trick here, if they can be safely introduced.

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⬛ Should NJ cops be able to use weed when off duty?


A precedent-setting ruling was handed down by a judge last week that could determine if police officers can use marijuana on their own time.

When legislation permitting the legal sale of marijuana for adult recreational use was signed into law in 2021, questions immediately arose about whether businesses could prohibit their employees for using it.
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