East Fallowfield Township would like to remind residents of the state law regarding the possession and use of fireworks.
On October 30, 2017, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 542. This law allows PA residents the ability to purchase and use consumer-grade fireworks “Class C”. This classification of fireworks includes firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive materials.
Display fireworks or “Professional Grade” are fireworks that contain more than 130 grains of explosive material. These can still only be used by professionals that have proper permits through the state and local governing bodies. High explosive fireworks including M-80s, M-1000s, quarter and half sticks are still illegal and cannot be used or possessed.
The new law for consumer grade fireworks is as follows: Title 72 Section 9404 – Use of Consumer Fireworks:
(a) Conditions – A person who is at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of this
article may purchase, possess, and use consumer fireworks.
(b) Prohibitions – A person may NOT intentionally ignite or discharge:
1. Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the
2. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices
from, a motor vehicle or building.
3. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or building or at another person.
4. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
5. Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
Residents are reminded to be considerate of their neighbors. Setting off fireworks can and will affect everyone nearby including pets, horses, and livestock. East Fallowfield Township Ordinances also prohibit fireworks at the Township’s recreational sites and parks. If you use fireworks, please do so safely and within the law.