HARRISBURG – Berks County Sen. Judy Schwank will soon introduce legislation to repeal the Fireworks Act of 2017. Her measure is inspired by municipalities and police and fire departments across the state who are unable to mitigate resident complaints about fireworks that are lit day and night – causing property damage, emotional distress to children and pets, serious injuries, and sleepless nights. Schwank said she’s heard from many constituents who are unhappy with the increase in booms, bangs, and ear-splitting explosions throughout the year. In 2019, Schwank introduced a bill to grant municipalities the authority to regulate and limit the use of fireworks. The bill was never moved from the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the problem has become so significant across PA, simply modifying the original legislation is not sufficient. Schwank is currently seeking additional support for the bill from other state Senate members.

SEN. JUDY SCHWANK