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4th of July Fireworks: What Is Legal in Pennsylvania?

As a former prosecutor and practicing criminal defense attorney, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about Pennsylvania’s laws regarding fireworks. The law in our state is definitely one of those statutes that you feel like you need a lawyer to understand, so I’ll try to do some plain English explaining.

The type of fireworks you can buy in Pennsylvania depends on whether or not you are a PA resident. Our local fireworks stores boast a huge selection of fireworks guaranteed to entertain even the most jaded teenager, but if you’re a Pennsylvania resident and you don’t have a display permit, you can only buy ground and hand-held sparkling devices, novelties and toy caps. Out of state residents can purchase the more exciting fireworks with proof of out of state residency and must take the fireworks immediately out of Pennsylvania.

So let’s say you’re a Pennsylvania resident and you want to be able to buy and set off the far more interesting fireworks─ you have to obtain a permit for a fireworks display from the municipality where you will be setting off the fireworks. At the very least, obtaining this type of permit involves the fire chief, or other designated officer, to inspect the “display site,” and requires you to post a bond of at least $500 for possible damages.

Enforcement of the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law is performed by any law enforcement officer having jurisdiction. So, municipal police departments, Pennsylvania State Police, DCNR and possibly others can all confiscate illegal fireworks and may issue summary citations carrying about a $100 fine for violations.

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