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July 12, 2018

            Another Fourth of July holiday has passed and many folks enjoyed the public fireworks displays of professional pyrotechnicians, set off in safe, controlled public areas.

            According to some local officials it wasn't so good for some of the, um, private displays.

            A change in state law last year now allows Pennsylvanians to buy more powerful fireworks.  Prior to that, only items such as sparklers, fountains and novelties were previously available.

            Pennsylvanians are now able to legally purchase and use high-octane Class C or consumer-grade fireworks, including Roman candles, bottle rockets and other explosives with a maximum of 50 mg of explosive material.  However, state law prohibit fireworks from being discharged within 150-feet of an occupied structure.  An important "by-the-way" that many amateur pyro's chose to ignore.

            Class B, the kind normally seen at community celebrations, remain limited to professionals.

            While people were enjoying the public, professional displays there were some who enjoyed a side show or two of private projectile launchings, complete with oohs and ahhs.

             But there were many who were not happy with the private displays and voiced their concerns about pets and military veterans being frightened or traumatized, as well as fear for the safety of homes and innocent people who may be the unintended target of one an errant projectiles.

            In our towns, there are few places that afford the 150-foot buffer needed to legally set-off fireworks.  A story out of neighboring Berks County reported a fireworks rocket that flew through an open window and exploded inside a bedroom where children were playing.  Fortunately no one was hurt, and it didn't start a fire, but it did damage walls and furnishings.

            Even in the outlying areas many folks were spending their ...



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