Fireworks Law in Pennsylvania

Castle Shannon, Pa

June 16, 2020 · 


The PA General Assembly passed House Bill 542 in October of 2017. This bill was subsequently signed into law by the Governor.

PA residents can now purchase and use “Class C” fireworks. These fireworks are commonly known as consumer-grade fireworks. These can include firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive materials.

Display fireworks or “Professional Grade” are fireworks that contain more than 130 grains of explosive material. These can still only be used by a professionals that have proper permits through the state and local governing bodies. High explosive fireworks including M-80s, M-1000s, quarter and half sticks are still illegal and cannot be used or possessed.

The law for consumer grade fireworks is as follows:
Title 72 Section 9404 – 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) ProhibitionsA 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. ( this means in most residential neighborhoods)

The Castle Shannon Police Department urges everyone to use caution when using fireworks.

Please heed the above prohibitions.

Please be mindful of your neighbors (and their pets) and refrain from using fireworks after reasonable hours.

When complaints are received and violations are found, citations will be issued to the responsible parties. The fine for violating the new law is $100 plus costs.

Kenneth M. Truver
Chief of Police
Castle Shannon Borough
3310 McRoberts Rd
Castle Shannon, Pa 15234
(412) 885-9300 x110
(412) 885-9252 FAX