With July 4th rapidly approaching, it's important that everyone is aware of the law changes when it comes to consumer fireworks. Yes, you can now buy the good stuff in Pennsylvania! Unfortunately, the vast majority of people living in the township are going to find that setting them off in their yards will find them on the wrong side of the new laws. If you live in a development, chances are you're within 150' of an occupied structure. Additionally, igniting them from the middle of the road or on township property is also prohibited.
Please review the following information before you purchase your consumer fireworks so you can ensure you're sending them up lawfully.
Section 2404. Use of consumer fireworks.
(a) Conditions.—A person who is at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of this article may purchase, possess and use consumer fireworks.
(b) Prohibitions.—A person may not intentionally ignite or discharge:
(1) Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.
(2) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices from, a motor vehicle or building.
(3) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or buildings or at another person
(4) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
(5) Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure**.
** “Occupied structure” A structure, vehicle or place adapted for overnight accommodation of persons or for conducting business whether or not a person is actually present.
Section 2414. Penalties.
The following shall apply:
(1) A person using consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this article commits a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00
(2) A person selling consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
(3) A person selling display fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.
(4) A person selling federally illegal explosives such as devices as described in 49 CFR 173.54 (relating to forbidden explosives) or those devices that have not been tested, approved and labeled by the United States Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, those devices commonly referred to as “M-80”, “M-100”, “blockbuster”, “cherry bomb” or “quarter or half stick” explosive devices, in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.
To see the entire revision of the new Pennsylvania Fireworks Law click on the following link: