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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