With Independence Day fast approaching we wanted to remind all residents of Lower Heidelberg Township about fireworks.
Pennsylvania rules concerning fireworks:
“•Fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
•Fireworks cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
•Fireworks cannot be discharged from, within, or toward a motor vehicle or building.
•Fireworks cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure. Under the law, a building doesn’t need to have someone in it to be considered “occupied” — any structure designed for overnight stay or business fits the definition.”
Note: The 150 foot rule pretty much leaves out shooting fireworks off in developments or neighborhoods – where houses are close.
Also, besides the Pennsylvania fireworks laws, Lower Heidelberg Township has noise ordinances in effect:
§ 604 [Ord. 313, 11/19/2012, § 2] No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued any noise disturbance, nor shall any person suffer, allow or permit any noise disturbance to be made or continued from or at any property, whether real or personal, that is subject to such person’s right to control
§ 605 [Ord. 313, 11/19/2012
(1) At any time in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a property line (boundary), or between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. so as to be plainly audible across a property line (boundary)
We are advising residents to call 911, at the time of the violation, if neighbors are setting off fireworks outside of the provisions of the laws and ordinances. Don’t wait to call – the police can’t do anything if you wait until the next day.
No one wants to stop a celebration, but you must be cognizant of your neighbors comfort and the safety of your neighborhood.
Information on Pennsylvania Firework Laws found in an article by Steve Novak for Lehighvalleylive.com.
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