Due to the overwhelming amount of 911 calls received by York County Control regarding the discharge of fireworks, the York City Police in cooperation with York City Fire are making public notifications regarding the current laws in Pennsylvania regarding fireworks.

While commercial grade fireworks are legal to sell and possess in the State, there are stipulations.  Fireworks MAY NOT be fired within 150 feet of an occupied structure.  Further, they MAY NOT be fired in a public place such as a street or park.  Likewise, they may not be fired at or from a vehicle or at a structure. 

Please review the Statute listed below for your information.  If you have further questions, please call the City Police desk at 717-846-1234.  All patrol officers have been briefed on this topic and are aware of the laws regarding this issue.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

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.