Know the Laws Before Lighting off Fireworks
Make sure you know the law before you light off any fireworks, especially for the Fourth of July holiday.
Pennsylvania lawmakers passed legislation in October 2017 that allows state residents to buy and use consumer fireworks, but there are restrictions on how they can be used.
As part of the new law, no one may intentionally ignite or discharge:
- Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.
- Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices from, a
motor vehicle or building.
- Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or building or at another person.
- Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
- Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
Display fireworks are still illegal without a permit, and the use of fireworks is still regulated for safety.
Millcreek Township Emergency Management said the use of consumer fireworks is illegal in most of the township because of the high number of buildings in a limited area.
City of Erie ordinances prohibit the use of fireworks and explosives in parks. Combined with state laws that prohibit lighting off fireworks within 150 feet of any structure, it is illegal to use fireworks in most of the city.
In the City of Meadville, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited by city ordinance.