Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a bill that changes the law for fireworks in Pennsylvania. In 2017, the state loosened the laws involving fireworks and that has driven constant complaints about the impact on pets, those with PTSD, and generally becoming an ongoing nuisance.
Under the new law, municipalities may prohibit the use of fireworks in areas where the building density doesn’t provide for a 150-foot setback. The state also now allows municipal governments to limit the use of fireworks between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. There are exceptions such as Independence Day and New Year’s Eve when they can be shot off until 1:00 a.m.
In the old version of the law, fireworks were not supposed to be fired off within 150 feet of a structure, but now a municipality can determine where this is unattainable and prohibit them. Due to this, fireworks can now be prohibited in significant portions of the Borough of Ambler, Upper Dublin Township, Whitpain Township, and Lower Gwynedd Township.
If you live in the more rural areas of Plymouth and Whitemarsh townships, and there is livestock nearby, anyone wanting to shoot off fireworks now has to give that property owner notice.
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