Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Legalize Sale of Consumer Fireworks in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – Legislation legalizing the sale of fireworks in Pennsylvania will soon be introduced in the state Senate, according to sponsors Sens. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), Don White (R-Indiana) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

The legislation would lift the ban on the sale of “consumer” fireworks, known as “Class C” fireworks, and allow businesses legally operating in the state to sell consumer fireworks, such as bottle rockets, roman candles and mortars, to Pennsylvania residents without the need for a permit.  Currently, the sale of novelty fireworks is legal to Pennsylvania residents.  Consumer fireworks can be purchased by non-residents.  This bill would permit Pennsylvanians to purchase and use Class C fireworks under parameters set forth in the legislation.  The bill would also set parameters as to when fireworks can be displayed.
According to the bill sponsors, the legislation would generate additional revenue for the Commonwealth.  In addition to the state’s current six-percent sales tax, the legislation would also authorize an additional excise tax on the sale, which is to be directed to Fire and EMS personnel.

“It’s common sense to give Pennsylvanians the same convenience as out of state residents and at the same time help to provide funds for our first responders.” Sen. Vogel stated.  “I’m looking forward to getting this prohibition off the books in Pennsylvania.”

“Some states already allow for the sale and use of consumer fireworks without obtaining a permit,” said Sen. Don White.  “Our legislation simply removes this administrative hurdle, while funding essential EMS and fire programs.”

“It is a fact of life that Pennsylvanians buy and use fireworks.” Sen. Yaw said.  “Currently, Pennsylvanians can buy Class C fireworks in surrounding states, but not in Pennsylvania.  What we are proposing is a common sense approach.  Pennsylvania is losing money and jobs by limiting the sale of consumer fireworks to state residents.”

For more information, contact:

Mike Rader, (717) 787-3076
Sen. Elder Vogel

Joe Pittman, (717) 787-8724
Sen. Don White

Nick Troutman, (717) 787-3280
Sen. Gene Yaw

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