ALBANY, N.Y. - Fourth of July weekend is just over a month away, and upstate New Yorkers can celebrate this year with sparklers without worrying if it's OK.

The state legislature passed a bill last June making New York the 47th state to allow the sale of sparklers. The bill requires each county to pass its own legislation allowing merchants to sell them.

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So far, 31 upstate counties a from Essex in the north country, to Rensselaer in the east, to Chemung in the south, and Niagara in western New York a have passed the required legislation.

People can purchase safe sparklers and ground-based devices from local retailers. Sales are limited to twice each year a June 1st to July 5th and Dec. 26th through Jan. 2nd.