Residents are reminded that although Pennsylvania relaxed some if its firework requirements in 2017, fireworks in Pennsylvania are divided into two basic categories. House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. Residents can now purchase and display “consumer-grade” AKA "Class C" fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The specific requirements for displaying consumer grade fireworks are listed below. All other fireworks may only be sold or displayed by qualified professionals. The Borough of Franklin Park requires a permit to sell fireworks or to display other than Class C fireworks within the Borough. The required permit is ONLY issued by the Borough of Franklin Park Fire Officials Office.
If you suspect you are observing the illegal or unsafe use or sale of fireworks, call the Police Department immediately.
Restrictions for use of Class C Fireworks:
- Class C fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
- Class C fireworks cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- Class C fireworks cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- Class C fireworks cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present. NOTE: An “occupied structure” is defined as a structure, vehicle or place adapted for overnight accommodations of persons of for conducting business weather or not a person is actually present.
- Class C fireworks cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
- Finally, be sure you are aware of any additional local ordinances regulating Class C Fireworks.
- The International Fire Code 2015 Chapter 56 Explosives and Fireworks as adopted by Pennsylvania and the Borough of Franklin Park governs the possession, manufacture, storage, handling, sale and use of fireworks.
- Each act of illegally possessing, storing, or displaying a firework is a violation of the Fire Code.
- Penalties for for violating the fire code: Any person who shall violate any provision of this code, or fail to comply therewith, or with any of the requirements thereof, or who shall erect, install, alter, repair, or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Fire Code Official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation, plus court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings, and in default of payment of such fine and costs to imprisonment to the extent permitted by law for the punishment of summary offenses. A separate offense shall arise for each day or portion of a day in which a violation is found to exist or for each section of this code which is found to have been violated. All fines, costs, penalties, and fees collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to the Borough Treasurer.
Borough of Franklin Park Fire Officials Office 412-364-4115 x319