New Pottstown regulation restricts fireworks

POTTSTOWN – People who like to set off fireworks at night in the district will soon have to pay a high price for them.

With a unanimous vote on Monday, the local council set strict limits as to when “backyard fireworks” may be ignited after 9 p.m. within the municipality’s boundaries.

The restrictions were included in the Noise Protection Ordinance and prohibit the setting off of private fireworks after 9 p.m. with four exceptions – Independence Day, New Year’s Eve / Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Fireworks can be set off on New Year’s Eve until 12.30 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

On Labor Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day (and the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday that surround them), fireworks may be set off until 10:00 p.m.

The new ordinance does not apply “to noise caused by public events, celebrations, legitimate fireworks and noise generators, if allowed by the community or used to celebrate a public holiday approved by the community, the Commonwealth or the federal government”. the regulation.

The order will be enforced by the police and those found violating will be fined up to $ 1,000.

Since Pennsylvania legislature passed Law 42 in 2017 to relax fireworks restrictions that allow residents to purchase and use “Class C” or “Consumer Class” fireworks that were previously only available outside of the state available, there has been an increasing flurry of fireworks at any time of the day or night, not just in the community but throughout the Commonwealth.

Pottstown’s new ordinance amendment reflects a change supported by Senator Mario M. Scavello, R-40th District, who represents parts of Counties of Monroe and Northampton.

His bill, which is more restrictive but has not yet been introduced, would make fireworks illegal with the exception of a few hours on the traditional fireworks-oriented holidays: Remembrance Day, July 4th, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve, ”according to a December 14th article in PATCH .

According to the article, Scavello wrote in a co-sponsorship memo that since the law was changed in 2017, “it is important to emphasize that in addition to noise complaints, there have been firework-related incidents such as injuries, fires and loss of property”. elevated.”

The proposed state law “would also change where fireworks can be set off: they would have to be at least 150 feet from a home line and 2,500 feet from an agricultural property line under the new proposal,” PATCH reported.

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