Bill 542 was enacted on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most notable changes.
Q: What fireworks are residents of Pennsylvania now allowed to buy and use?
Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks which include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottled rockets and similar fireworks containing a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Exhibition fireworks”, which are classified as comprising bursts containing more than two grains or 130 mg of explosive material, and professional grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, should not always be used. used only by licensed professionals. of the municipality where the exhibition will take place.
Q: Who can buy fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.
Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
- They cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.
- They cannot be released from or inside a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be rejected towards a motor vehicle or a building.
- They cannot be unloaded within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
- They cannot be released while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
In addition, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances.
Q: Where can I buy the fireworks?
They can be purchased at any licensed facility, including temporary facilities licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Examples of temporary facilities included tents or other structures found in parking lots. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15 to July 8 and December 21 to January 2 of each year.