Fireworks blamed for 2 fires in Harrisburg

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Fireworks sparked at least two fires in Harrisburg Wednesday evening.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline says people were setting off fireworks in the 300 block of South 15th Street and one hit a roof and got into rotted wood. Enterline tweeted photos showing what appears to be empty boxes of fireworks on the ground.

Near the intersection of 21st and Derry streets, a tree caught fire because of fireworks.

“Probably about $10,000 worth of roof damage to the rowhome, and it was because people were just setting fireworks off in the middle of the street,” Enterline said

Pennsylvania law says you can use aerial fireworks that have less than 50 milligrams of explosive material. That includes bottle rockets, Roman candles, aerial spinners, and small firecrackers. However, the law also says you need to set off fireworks more than 150 feet from any house or building.

“Please use a little common sense,” Enterline said. “Make sure that you’re following the rules that were set out. Be 150 feet from those occupied buildings. Don’t be setting them off in the streets and sidewalks and don’t be setting them off from moving vehicles.”

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