New Fireworks Law: Use Caution and Respect Your Neighbors
I want to alert you to new legislation that may impact your Fourth of July.
Last October, Pennsylvania passed new fireworks legislation allowing residents to legally purchase and use consumer-grade, or Class “C,” fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and others containing no more than 50 mg of explosive material. Before then, only sparklers and novelty items could be legally purchased and used.
Despite the new law allowing their purchase, fireworks remain a dangerous explosive and must be handled carefully. Nationally, an average of seven fireworks-related deaths occur each year, along with an estimated 11,100 injuries. If you choose to celebrate the holiday with lawful fireworks, please do so responsibly and carefully, and be considerate of your neighbors.
The Pennsylvania State Police published this list of requirements for igniting fireworks:
- Fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
- They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
- They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence or alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
- Display fireworks that contain more than 130 mg of explosive material and professional aerial shells may only be used by professionals and require a permit.
- M-80s, cherry bombs, quarter-sticks, etc. are federally unlawful.
For more information about fireworks and where they can be legally purchased in Pennsylvania, click here.
Have a happy and safe Fourth!