The Newberry Township Police would like to inform the residents of Newberry Township and the municipalities it serves of a new state law that went into effect regarding the possession and use of fireworks.

On October 30, 2017, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 542. This new law allows PA residents the ability to now purchase and use consumer-grade fireworks “Class C”.  This classification of fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive materials.

Display fireworks or “Professional Grade” are fireworks that contain more than 130 grains of explosive material.  These can still only be used by a professionals that have proper permits through the state and local governing bodies.

High explosive fireworks including M-80s, M-1000s, quarter and half sticks are still illegal and cannot be used or possessed.

The new law for consumer grade fireworks is as follows:

Title 72 Section 9404 – 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 building 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.

The police department would also like to remind you that Newberry Township’s Disorderly Conduct Ordinance, that being Ordinance #378, prohibits the use of any fireworks between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am without express written permission of the Township. The police department will be enforcing the regulations on fireworks listed above as well as noise ordinance violations for fireworks being set off at an unreasonable hour.

Additionally, Newberry Township residents are reminded to be considerate of your neighbors. Setting off fireworks can and will affect everyone nearby including pets, horses and livestock. We ask that you kindly take this into consideration prior to igniting these potentially dangerous devices.