Legislation that was passed by the state of Pennsylvania now allows its citizens to have aerial fireworks just like in other states. The law will enable residents in Pennsylvania to purchase and make use of fireworks made from high octane. This was a privilege that was previously reserved for out of state residents. Before the enactment of the legislation, residents of Pennsylvania were only allowed to buy commodities that would be referred to as sane and safe.
They include fountains, novelties, and sparklers. However, they can now throw fireworks in the air at their backyards after the bill was signed into law. Rosemary Brown, the state representative, said that the fact that the law in Pennsylvania only allowed residents to buy some kinds of firework was frustrating as they could not enjoy the festive season or special events in style.
The new legislation now allows residents who are 18 years and over to buy fireworks that belong to class C. This class of fireworks were previously available for purchase by out of state residents only. A license must be issued to stores that supply fireworks so that certificates to sell the product to state residents can be issued. One of the fireworks store owners, Ken Schuchman, said that his three stores had received the necessary licenses on Friday and that residents are buying the commodities in bulk ahead of the festive season. Schuchman said that the permits are only issued after a thorough inspection to ascertain that the necessary store requirements have been met.
The legislation was enacted to generate revenue to fill the huge budget gaps and reduce budgetary deficits for the state of Pennsylvania. On top of the sales tax for the state of Pennsylvania that stands at 6%, fireworks sales will have an additional 12% tax for every purchase. The extra money will be set aside for a first responder’s fund. Certified firework stores are also required by the new law to operate with a stipulated distance from each other. The legislation has offered a big boost to fireworks stores as they will record higher sales in the coming Christmas and New Year season.
Among the beneficiaries is Delaware Water Gap’s Phantom Fireworks. The store is strategically located on the 80 west interstate highway which is one of the primary entries into the state. According to the general manager, Gregg Marino, the store has applied for licensing and certification, and the store inspection is scheduled in a week’s time.