Officials urge safety and warn against the use of illegal fireworks.

HOPEWELL — The hot weather may have you thinking of the Fourth of July, and its arrival comes just in time.

A county law dealing with the sale and use of sparkler devices was set to expire June 3, but the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has made sure the law stays on the books for good.

Supervisors on May 11 approved removing the law’s sunset clause. Unless supervisors decide to revisit the law, it will stay in place and the law now will have no expiration date on it, according to Assistant County Attorney Holly A. Adams.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said deputies still receive calls about illegal fireworks, which include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and devices that explode in the air. They remain illegal to sell and use in New York.

But sparklers — which are defined as ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect — have not been an issue locally.

“We haven’t had any issues or complaints,” Povero said.

State legislators had given the OK for the sale and use of sparklers and sparkler devices — partly to spark local economies by keeping sales in New York rather having users travel out of state and spend money elsewhere. Counties were given the latitude to opt in or out of the law.

In 2015, the Board of Supervisors opted in, with a two-year tryout period. Neighboring Monroe County had opted out of the law.

No one spoke at a recent public hearing on the change in Ontario County law.

Bristol Supervisor Bob Green, who is chairman of the board's public safety committee, said the larger concern remains with illegal fireworks.

“It was appropriate to give it a try for the last two years,” Green said. “We have had no incidents.”

Sparklers still can only be sold or used between June 1 and July 5 and from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. Buyers must be 18 or older. And safety officials urge adult supervision.

Some critics of the law have said sparklers are still dangerous, when not used properly. A lit sparkler can approach temperatures of 2,000 degree Fahrenheit.

Proponents say when used properly, sparklers are no more dangerous than other summertime activities.