Fireworks FAQs



The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Below are some frequently asked questions about fireworks.

Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?
Residents 18 and older may purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks with a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. Examples include firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. They are also known as 1.4G fireworks.

What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
Act 43 of 2017 places the following restrictions on the use of consumer fireworks. They may not be:

  • discharge within 150 feet of any occupied structure;
  • ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner;
  • discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building;
  • discharged toward a motor vehicle or building; or
  • discharged by a person under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug

The Department of Agriculture licensing has additional information on PA state fireworks law. Click on the link for more information: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Business_Industry/fireworks

You can, also, find safety tips for your family at https://www.celebratesafely.org/safety-tips

Grass Clippings and Motorcycles: A Major Safety Threat

Grass clipping pose a hazard to motorcyclist safety.

As the weather warms up, you may be cutting your grass more frequently. However, if the grass clippings are left on the road, they can pose a hazard to some vehicles, particularly motorcycles.

Grass, and grass clippings, are about 85% water. It doesn’t matter if grass or lawn clippings are wet or dry if your mower blows them into the streets, experts say they can be a danger to motorcyclists. You may have never thought about it, but grass clippings can act like a sheet of ice in the middle of summer. As well, it can cause drainage and sewage problems.

You can cut the grass so that the discharge chute is aimed back at the yard. If you don’t want the clippings in your yard, simple rake them up. You won’t be able to keep every single blade of grass in your yard, but that’s understandable.

Grass clippings can be used as animal feed, compost, mulch, raised gardening beds, and recycling.