One Municipal Drive
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Harrison Township Allegheny County, PA

Fireworks FAQs

Q. Which Fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?

Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and similar fireworks 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.

“Display Fireworks”, which are classified as including salutes that contain more that two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.

Q. What are restrictions on where they can be used?

  • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
  • They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
  • They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
  • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Display-grade fireworks are to be operated only by those (professional pyrotechnics) with a permit, and certain devices – such as M-80s, M-100s, cherry bombs, or quarter- and half-sticks – still remain illegal under federal law.

*Permits to discharge display fireworks in Harrison Township require an application to be filed with the Township in a timely manner (e.g. at least one month prior to the Township meeting in which it may be considered) to allow for due diligence including but not limited to: corroboration of pyrotechnic valid licensed operator, certificate of liability naming the Township of Harrison as an additional insured in an amount of no less than $1,000,000.00 and inspection of the Fire Marshal regarding consideration of hazards to persons or property.