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East Brandywine Township

Posted on: June 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks in East Brandywine Township

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We here at East Brandywine Township want you to have a safe and legal 4th of July. As you may know, the recently enacted Act 43 of 2017 changed Pennsylvania's fireworks laws.  There is still some confusion about what was allowed under the old law and what is allowed under the new law, so Township staff have put together this quick primer on the law right here at home.

In general, there are two types of fireworks, "Display Fireworks" and "Consumer Fireworks."

  • Display Fireworks are those that you see during large shows--these are not available to the general public.  Only permitted users may buy or possess these items.  East Brandywine Township has a permitting process for Display Fireworks for public events like those hosted by the East Brandywine Fire Company.
  • Consumer Fireworks are available to the public in many states but util recently, these were illegal to use or possess in Pennsylvania unless you were an authorized dealer. Within the universe of Consumer Firework products, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had specifically exempted some items. These were (1) ground and hand-held sparkling devices, (2) novelties, and (3) toy caps. So while in common vernacular and/or on product packaging these items are known as “fireworks,” here in in Pennsylvania these items were technically “non-fireworks” under state statute and were not regulated.

Act 43 of 2017 made it legal for Pennsylvanians 18 years of age or older to purchase the full range of Consumer Fireworks including firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks.  The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.  There are some important restrictions on how they can be used:

  • They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.  East Brandywine Township rules prohibit the use of fireworks in our parks.
  • 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 an occupied structure.
  • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
  • Many municipalities, including East Brandywine Township, have local noise ordinances that users should be aware of.  

Finally, keep in mind that the use of any fireworks can cause severe burns and eye injuries. These products can also cause damage to buildings and cars and you could be liable for any injuries or damage resulting from their use.

Have fun and stay safe!

Fireworks Law (Act 43 of 2017)
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