Fireworks Complaints on the Rise

The police department has received numerous fireworks complaints over the weekend. We would remind our residents of the following::  

Although the state legislature changed the PA Fireworks Law in 2017, it does not permit use in residential neighborhoods, use by those under the age of 18 and absolutely prohibits fireworks that are classified as Display Fireworks (Consumer fireworks are labeled as Class C or Consumer grade). Further prohibitions under the current fireworks law include:

·         They cannot be ignited/discharged on a public/private property without 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 occupied structures, whether or not a person is

           actually present.
·         They cannot be discharged while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another

          drug

Discharges in residential developments (due to proximity) are absolutely prohibited and punishable by fines.

We also encourage residents to be mindful of potential noise ordinance violations associated with the discharge of consumer fireworks.

We understand that fireworks are fun and appealing, but we urge all residents to consider the inherent danger and unintended consequences of improper use of fireworks and leave the fireworks to the professionals to ensure your celebrations are not marred by mishaps or visits from the authorities. Please visit www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx for Fireworks FAQ.

George J. Swartz, Chief of Police