Fireworks FAQs

What are the restrictions on where they can be used?

  • They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
  • They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
  • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?

Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.

“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.

Who can purchase fireworks?

Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.

If you have a complaint about fireworks, please call 911 and the police will respond to the area and investigate the complaint.  If the fireworks are being set off in violation of any of the above restrictions in accordance with the state law, the violators may be cited.

In addition, Nether Providence Township does have a noise ordinance that can be used as a means of enforcement, but the ordinance only covers excessive noise between the hours of 10:00pm-7:30am.  Violators may be cited for violating the ordinance.