PA Fireworks Law Update/Changes

May 26th, 2023

With holidays like Memorial Day and July4th coming up, The York County Regional Police would like to remind our citizens that there have been some changes to the Pennsylvania Fireworks law.

Notable changes are as follows:

  • Cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
  • Cannot be directed at another person.
  • Cannot be discharged from or directed at a building or vehicle.
  • Cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if the building or vehicle is owned by the user of the consumer fireworks.
  • Cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
  • Municipalities may restrict use of consumer fireworks between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. except:
    • July 2, 3, 4 and Dec. 31 when they may be used until 1 a.m.
    • If July 4 falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday they may be used until 1 a.m. on the immediately preceding and following Friday and Saturday
  • The following may take, remove or cause to be removed all stocks of consumer or display fireworks sold, used, stored, or held in violation of this law:
    • PSP
    • Act 120 certified municipal police officers
    • a sheriff or sheriff’s deputy
    • A member of a Pennsylvania bomb squad accredited by the FBI and certified in hazardous devices training

See PDF attachment of complete law.

 Some of the municipalities we cover have their own, more restrictive fireworks ordinances, please check with your local municipality for applicable local ordinances.