Pennsylvania residents could only purchase Class C fireworks for many years. This prevented fireworks stores from selling many different types of fireworks used by people in other states for many years. The legislature quietly changed the law in August to use fireworks labeled as consumer. While fireworks store owners across the state celebrated this decision, fire chiefs were less excited about the change. The fire chief for the city of Lancaster cautions people to leave fireworks shows to professionals.
The law changes do not let people use fireworks designed for professional displays. These fireworks still require a special license. The law banning Pennsylvania residents from owning and using anything other than Class C fireworks. The law prevented many injuries related to fireworks, but every year, fireworks still made it into the state, especially during the Independence Day weekends. Some people also set off fireworks to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The changes to the state’s law allow citizens to set off their fireworks on any day at any time, according to Lancaster Online. Lancaster’s fire chief expressed disappointment in the legislature for changing the law to allow Pennsylvania residents access to different types of fireworks.
Although the new law allows consumers to legally use different types of fireworks, it is still best to exercise caution. The Lancaster Online article announcing the news also links to a story about a Pennsylvania woman who entered a coma because of a fireworks accident. The house bill that changed the law regarding fireworks usage also featured several other changes that did not make big headlines in the state. In the meantime, fireworks stores continue to do a brisk business across the Keystone state.