A Note About Fireworks

While we celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, just a few reminders:

On October of 2017, a new law allowed consumers in Pennsylvania to purchase and use "Class C" or "consumer-grade" fireworks. Common Class C fireworks include Roman candles, bottle rockets and similar fireworks. A maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material is permitted.

"Display fireworks", which contain more than 130 milligrams of explosive material, and professional-grade aerial shells are still only to be used by professionals with a permit.

The following rules apply:

•You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase Class C fireworks. •The cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or a private property without the express permission of the property owner. •They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building. •They cannot be discharged towards a motor vehicle or a building. •They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not the person is actually present. •They cannot be discharged while a person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Prohibited fireworks: • M-80s • M-100s • Blockbusters • Cherry bombs • Quarter sticks • Half sticks

Please be safe and responsible if you are using such fireworks. We recommend that you:

•Be respectful of your neighbors. •Always read and follow all warnings and instructions. •Do NOT ignite the fireworks while holding them. •Do not use them at unreasonable hours. •Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy in case of a fire. •Keep them out of the reach and hands of children. •Do not attempt to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned. •Never throw or point fireworks at people, pets or livestock.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day Holiday!

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