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Fireworks in Upper Allen Township

What Fireworks Are Legal?

Pennsylvania legalized consumer fireworks in 2017. This means that residents can purchase and use a variety of fireworks, including sparklers, firecrackers, and Roman candles. However, there are still some restrictions on the types of fireworks that can be used and where they can be used.

Who Can Use Fireworks?

You must be at least 18 years old to purchase, possess, and use consumer fireworks. You cannot discharge fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Where Can Fireworks Be Used?

Fireworks can only be used on private property with the permission of the landowner. They cannot be used within 150 feet of a building or vehicle. Fireworks are also prohibited in parks, forests, and other public areas. It is strictly prohibited to discharge fireworks from or aim them at any building or vehicle.

Thousands of Upper Allen residents live in planned residential developments. These homes are almost always within 150 feet of each other. Therefore, fireworks would not be permitted in these areas.

When Can Fireworks Be Used?

Local municipalities have the authority to restrict the use of consumer fireworks between 10:00 PM and 10:00 AM. However, state law allows for extended use until 1:00 AM on the following dates:

  • July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
  • December 31st

Additionally, if July 4th falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, fireworks may be used until 1:00 AM on both the preceding and following Friday and Saturday.

Upper Allen Township Noise Ordinance

In Upper Allen Township, the discharge of fireworks between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM is considered a noise disturbance under local ordinance. However, this ordinance does not apply to the specific dates and times mentioned above where state law permits extended fireworks use.

Additional Considerations

When using fireworks, it is important to be mindful of your neighbors. Fireworks can be disruptive and can frighten pets and young children. It is always a good idea to inform your neighbors about your plans to use fireworks.

Safety Tips

  • Always follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby in case of an accident.
  • Have a designated adult supervise children when using fireworks.


Fireworks can be a fun way to celebrate holidays and special occasions. However, it is important to be aware of the regulations governing fireworks use in Upper Allen Township. By following these regulations, you can help ensure that everyone enjoys a safe and enjoyable fireworks display.

Reference: The entire statute can be found here.