Local leaders promoting firework safety

Residents are reminded to obey PA fireworks laws when celebrating the Fourth of July

HARRISBURG, Pa. — With Independence Day less than two weeks away, local leaders joined safety advocates at the National Civil War Museum to promote the safe use of fireworks during the holiday.

Charles McGarvey, Pennsylvania’s acting fire commissioner, says residents should remember that fireworks aren’t toys.

“It’s not like we’re trying to take the fun out of anything,” McGarvey explained. “We want people to handle this responsibly so they don’t get hurt and end up in a burn center.”

The use of fireworks in Pennsylvania has increased dramatically since state laws were relaxed in 2017.

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline says the city experiences many injuries, fires and deaths as a result of firecracker misuse.

“Abuse will continue to claim lives and property if we don’t deal with it properly,” Chief Enterline said.

Phantom Fireworks’ Daniel Pert was among the guests who advocated fireworks safety. He says consumer education is key to reducing firework accidents during the holiday season.

“We take it very seriously to ensure our consumers know what they are buying and know how to use things safely, by asking them questions and making sure they leave with an informed purchase,” Pert said.

Under state law, Pennsylvanians who are at least 18 years old can purchase consumer-grade fireworks, but with certain restrictions. The list includes:

  • They may not be ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
  • They cannot be discharged inside a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged towards a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied building, whether or not a person is actually present.
  • You cannot be fired if the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or any other drug.

“With a little common sense, slow down, watch what you’re doing, practice some basic principles, you can make the fun event you’re planning a good, fun event,” explained Pert.

Residents are also advised to check local community ordinances before setting off fireworks.

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