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Wright Twp. To Consider New Fireworks Rules

May 1, 2019

WRIGHT TWP. — As the Fourth of July approaches, township officials are warning residents that certain fireworks can only be shot off by professional pyrotechnicians who obtain a permit and have insurance.

The rules are part of a fireworks ordinance now being considered by the township.

“It’s for commercial display, big vendors,” township Supervisor Matthew Howton said.

Just like under the state fireworks law, residents will be allowed to shoot off “consumer” fireworks, but not “display” fireworks.

Display fireworks are defined as:

• Salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials.

• Aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions.

• Other fireworks that exceed the limits of consumer fireworks.

The limits for consumer fireworks are 50 milligrams or less of flash powder for ground devices and 130 milligrams or less for aerial devices.

Under the ordinance, those seeking a permit to shoot off display fireworks will pay a $25 permit fee and list the date and time of the fireworks show. The township fire chief must also inspect the site of the fireworks show ahead of time.

Those seeking a permit must be 21 years of age or older and have insurance, according to the ordinance.

Those in violation of the ordinance face a summary citation that is punishable by fines up to $1,000 and 30 days in prison.

Supervisors will consider the ordinance at their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. May 13.

Until then, the proposed ordinance is available for review at the Wright Twp. Municipal Building, 321 S. Mountain Blvd., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal