Complaints About Fireworks

As we approach the 4th of July holiday we are seeing an extremely high volume of complaints concerning fireworks.  We realize this is a unique summer and people are remaining home which is leading to more issues relating to excessive noise.  We want everyone to enjoy their summer but the high explosives (i.e. M-80's and Cherry Bombs) and ariel and mortar fireworks cannot be excused.  They pose a severe inconvenience to the public and are a serious fire risk with hot debris landing on rooftops.  

Under Pa Law, all consumer fireworks must be used at a distance of more than 150 feet from any occupied structure.  In Bellevue that is not possible and therefore makes them illegal to ignite.  Anyone caught violating this law risks a summary charge and fine up to $100 per incident.  

ACT 43 - Section 2404.  Use of consumer fireworks.

(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.

For more Q&A concerning fireworks the Pa State Police has a site designated specifically for fireworks: