Pennsylvania lawmakers look to curb use of fireworks

Tony Romeo
July 01, 2020 - 10:44 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania state senators gave initial approval to legislation that would allow Philadelphia, Bensalem Township and certain larger cities to opt out of the law allowing individuals to set off fireworks.

It still has a way to go.

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Only a few years ago, a Pennsylvania law banning the use of consumer fireworks was relaxed. Now state senators, such as Chester County Democrat Andy Dinniman, want to let some communities try to put the genie back in the bottle. 

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In fact, Dinniman believes the Senate legislation should go farther.

"All communities are in need of some relief from the fireworks," he said.

Berks County Democrat Judy Schwank says she would prefer to simply repeal the 2017 law allowing the use of consumer fireworks.

“Let’s just go back to pre-2017, where these were not available to the public," she said.

It is unclear if or how soon the fireworks legislation might get to the governor’s desk.