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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2021 12:46 PM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer and Rep. Jeanne McNeill, Rep. Michael H. Schlossberg, Rep. Robert Freeman, Rep. Mark Rozzi
To: All House members
Subject: Repeal of Fireworks Law
Since the passage of Act 43 of 2017, which authorized the sale of consumer fireworks to Pennsylvania residents, complaints of inappropriate fireworks usage have been rampant across the Commonwealth. Prior to the enactment of this legislation, in-state residents were only authorized to purchase novelty fireworks, such as sparklers and spinners.
Act 43 was passed, in part, to allow Commonwealth residents to enjoy using more powerful fireworks and as a revenue source for the state. Unfortunately, too many citizens have chosen to use the fireworks irresponsibly. Far too often, I hear reports of fireworks being set off near homes and buildings and at all hours of the night, which is disconcerting to many individuals, especially those who are sensitive to loud noises.
In response to these concerns, I will be introducing legislation to repeal the most recent changes made to the fireworks law and reinstate the provisions as they existed prior to the passage of Act 43. Nothing in this legislation would prohibit Pennsylvania residents from using novelty fireworks or enjoying display fireworks that are set off at community events to celebrate July 4th and other holidays.
Please join me in support of this important legislation.

Introduced as HB988