Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania

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Fireworks Safety

An Important Message from the Montgomery Township Police Department

In October 2017, Pennsylvania passed new fireworks legislation. Residents can now legally purchase and use consumer-grade, or Class "C" fireworks that include firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks containing no more than 50 mg of explosive material. “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.

Please be aware of the following requirements for igniting fireworks:

- They cannot be ignited or discharged on public or 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 toward a motor vehicle or building
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure
- They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug
- Display fireworks that contain more than 130 mg of explosive material and professional aerial shells may only be used by professionals and require a permit
- M-80's, cherry bombs, quarter-sticks, etc. are federally unlawful

Despite the new law allowing their purchase, fireworks remain a dangerous explosive and must be handled carefully. Nationally, an average of 7 fireworks-related deaths occur each year, along with an estimated 11,100 injuries. If you choose to celebrate the holiday with lawful fireworks, please do so responsibly and carefully, and be considerate of your neighbors and their pets.

Call 911 immediately if you observe a violation of the law or wish to report a noise complaint. A police officer will respond to all complaints with the possibility of a citation being issued if it is a recurring problem.

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