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Fireworks Safety Tips

Cookouts, time with family, and watching fireworks are all part of the traditional festivities for the 4th of July. The Chambersburg Fire Department urges all to let the fireworks to the professionals by enjoying the spectacular display at Memorial Park on Thursday July 4th. Please listen to local radio stations and search social media for times and rain dates. Please do not contact the fire department with questions about the fireworks display which is hosted by the 21 Day Retreat as well as the Chambersburg Rec Department. 

Please help assist us with making it a safe and enjoyable holiday and note that Pennsylvania has also set new laws into effect in 2018 on how fireworks can be used. A short listing of these are below: (More information can be found at

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 than 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: Who can purchase fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.

Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?

· They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.

· They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.

· They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.

· They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.

· They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.


·  Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. Did you know that the tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns?

·  A report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) says that there are about 200 fireworks injuries a day during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. Learn more about firework safety here

·  Watch our Fireworks Safety PSA - Dan Doofus urges people not to use consumer Fireworks because they are too dangerous:

·  A dramatic demonstration of the dangers of consumer fireworks, hosted by the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association) and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's office. This video shows damage fireworks could cause if a person stands too close to fireworks:

·  Patrick and Marci Foy, and their daughter, Olivia, were injured while attending a family celebration, and were among more than a dozen people hurt. Hear them tell their story:

·  This NFPA public service announcement, "Safe? Sane?" urges people not to use consumer fireworks because they are too dangerous.