Fire Prevention – Fireworks

The July 4 celebration will soon be here. Please keep in mind that the legal use of sparklers, fountains and novelty devices can cause severe burns and eye injuries. They burn hot! They have previously caused damage to buildings and cars. If you use these items, use common sense. BE SAFE!!

There are two types of fireworks: Display and Consumer.

  • Display fireworks are those that you see during large shows on the 4th of July and after the Phillies games. They are not available to the general public.
  • Consumer fireworks are available to the public in many states; however, they are illegal to use or possess in Pennsylvania unless you are a dealer.
    • Consumer fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, skyrockets, and Roman candles among others. Use or possession of consumer fireworks is a summary offense.
    • Sparkling devices, Novelties and Caps: These are associated with consumer fireworks and are legal. They may say fireworks on the package but they are not considered Consumer Fireworks by Pennsylvania law.

Items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices”, “novelties” and “toy caps” in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 are not currently regulated by State Law; therefore, their sale and use are permissible. These “non-fireworks” are the only types allowed to be sold from tents, stands, convenience stores, retail establishments and other various outlets.

For more information please download the Fire Works Information Document.