Thinking About Using Fireworks - Please Read This First!

With the July 4th holiday approaching the Lower Saucon Township Police Department would like to ask our residents and visitors to leave the fireworks to the professionals. If you feel the need to use certain fireworks that are legal in PA use them responsibly and with common sense.

     Fireworks affect everyone - children, adults, someone suffering from PTSD and family pets.

  JUST BECAUSE CERTAIN FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL IN PA DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO USE THEM

Below is the Consumer Fireworks Section from the Lower Saucon Township Fireworks Ordinance Chapter 85

§85-2. Definitions.

Consumer Fireworks.
1. Any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances which is intended to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, is suitable for use by the public, complies with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 16 CFR (relating to commercial practices) or any successor regulation and complies with the provisions for “consumer fireworks” as defined in APA 87-1 or any successor standard, the sale, possession, and use of which shall be permitted in Lower Saucon Township subject to the regulations provided in this Chapter 85.

2. The Term does not include devices as “ground held sparkling devices”, “novelties”, or “toy caps” in APA 87-1 or and successor standard, sale, possession, and use of which shall be permitted at all times within Lower Saucon Township

85-17. Consumer Fireworks.
No person who owns, possesses, or has control or supervision of Consumer Fireworks shall permit, make or cause the ignition, discharge, or launch of such Consumer Fireworks within the Township of Lower Saucon between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 9:00 A.M.

§85-18. Use of Consumer Fireworks on Township Property Prohibited.
Use of Consumer Fireworks by any person, on any property owned or maintained by Lower Saucon Township is hereby prohibited. This prohibition shall apply to parks, the Saucon Trail, buildings or structures, parking lots, streets, roadways, sidewalks, and rights of way.

§85-19. Consumer Fireworks Prohibited Within 150 Feet of an Occupied Structure.
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law, and the provisions of this subsection, no person may intentionally ignite or discharge Consumer Fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure.

§85-20. Penalties.
In addition to the above Section 16, any person who violates a provision of this ordinance, the permit requirements or regulations and brought before a District Justice upon a determination of violation thereof shall be subject to a fine of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each and every offense. Each person violating this ordinance shall further be liable for all attorneys’ fees incurred by the Township in enforcing the same.

Below is the Consumer Fireworks from the PA Fireworks Law Act 43 Section 2401
Section 2404.  Use of consumer fireworks
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(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 owner.

(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..

Section 2414.  Penalties.

The following shall apply:

(1)  A person using consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this article commits a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.

(2)  A person selling consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.

(3)  A person selling display fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.

(4)  A person selling federally illegal explosives such as devices as described in 49 CFR 173.54 (relating to forbidden explosives) or those devices that have not been tested, approved and labeled by the United States Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, those devices commonly referred to as M-80, M-100, blockbuster, cherry bomb or quarter or half stick explosive devices, in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.

To read the full Lower Saucon Township Ordinance Chapter 85 regarding fireworks please click the below link;

https://ecode360.com/34328685

To read the full Pa Fireworks Law Act 43 Section 2401 please click the below link;

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&yr=2017&sessInd=0&act=0043.&chpt=000.&subchpt=000.&sctn=043.&subsctn=000