Act 43 of 2017 expanded the sale and use of fireworks in Pennsylvania to “consumer fireworks.” These fireworks have an aerial and explosive element compared to “ground fireworks” for sale prior to Act 43. Since enactment, public safety personnel have reported a significant increase in fireworks-related incidents and injuries, as well as significant constituent complaints. Furthermore, Act 43 preempts local regulation via municipal ordinance.
In 2020, The League updated its policy on consumer fireworks. The League is now advocating for a full repeal of Act 43.
Representative Schweyer expressed intention to introduce legislation repealing Act 43 of 2017.
Senator Tomlinson expressed intention to reintroduce legislation, formerly Senate Bill 854, providing guidance to local governments on reasonable controls and use of consumer fireworks.