Fireworks friendly States, GA and PA
Fireworks friendly States, GA and PA both have bills pushing to change the fireworks friendliness of their laws. GA is looking to further restrict their recent legalization, by cutting back on “legal” times fireworks can be shot and by giving local governments more control on legality. The current law allowing fireworks to be set off until 2 a.m. around the New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July holidays would be revised to set a midnight fireworks curfew July 3-4 and Jan. 1. Georgians would be allowed to set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m. Jan. 1. And, the midnight fireworks cutoff time for the rest of the year would be moved up to 10 p.m. Any times outside those specifically mentioned in the bill would be handled by local authorities.
Meanwhile in PA, where you can currently legally SELL fireworks but NOT legally use them, some are working to change this. You have to be an out-of-state resident to buy bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars in Pennsylvania under the current law. But some lawmakers are looking to change that.
“It’s one of the more unique laws in the country,” said Danial Peart of Phantom Fireworks. “It’s the most disrespected law,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Williamsport. “Why not change it to what people are doing? We’re trying to make this reasonable.”
Senators, such as Yaw and Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg, are looking to legalize the sale in Pennsylvania of consumer fireworks to people who live here.
The purpose of Senate Bill 1055 is “to avoid stupid legislation,” Yaw said.