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Fireworks in Horsham Township

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill #542, making it Act 43 of 2017. Included in this Act is the repeal and replacement of the Fireworks Act of 1939 in its entirety.

Consumers may now purchase and use "Class C" or "consumer grade" fireworks that includes firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and similar items that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents. Not included in the "consumer grade" fireworks are M-80s, Silver Salutes and Cherry Bombs.

Display fireworks are to be used only by professional pyrotechnicians and designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration or detonation. The term includes, but is not limited to:
  • Salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive material;
  • Aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions;
  • Other display pieces that exceed the limits of explosive materials for classification as consumer fireworks.
Rules for Use of Consumer-Grade Fireworks:
  • A person must be at least 18 years old to purchase, possess or use consumer-grade fireworks
  • They may not be ignited or discharge don public or private property without express permission of the property owner
  • They may not be discharged from, within, or toward a motor vehicle or building
  • They may not be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present
  • They may not be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug
With very few exceptions, there are no areas in Horsham Township where it is legal to set off consumer grade fireworks. Most of our neighborhoods have houses that are within the 150-feet restriction.

Any violation of the above restrictions is illegal under Title 72, Section 2414 (1) and is punishable  by a fine of $100, plus court costs.