HARRISBURG – Responding to concerns from residents about the proliferation of fireworks being discharged beyond the July 4th holiday, Northampton County Rep. Robert Freeman introduced legislation that would give municipalities more authority to regulate the use of fireworks and would increase penalties for violating those regulations. Under House Bill 2670, a municipality could enact an ordinance regulating the use of consumer fireworks , provided the ordinance does not conflict with state law. It would also limit the use of fireworks to between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with extended hours for certain holidays. Additionally, the bill would require each consumer fireworks purchase to include a notification that provides the conditions, prohibitions, and limitations for using fireworks. Under the bill, a first violation would be a summary offense and a fine of between $100 and $500. A subsequent offense committed within one year of a prior conviction would be a third degree misdemeanor and a fine between $500 and $1,000. The bill is before the state House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

REP. ROBERT FREEMAN