Trooper Minute: Pennsylvania’s fireworks laws


Summer is here and the 4th of July is less than a month away. If you don’t already know, Pennsylvania made some changes to its fireworks laws, making more fireworks available for purchase. 

Under the new law, you can now purchase and use Class C or consumer-grade fireworks. These include Roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers. These were previously only available to out-of state-residents. 

Professional-grade display fireworks can still only be used by professionals with an issued permit.

The law states that anyone 18 or older can buy fireworks in Pennsylvania. Licensed facilities are allowed to begin selling fireworks on June 15 and go through July 8. These facilities include temporary tents or other pop-up structures commonly found in parking lots. Brick and mortar stores can sell throughout the year.

Keep in mind that safety restrictions are in place by law. You’re not allowed to set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure or while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

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