Legislation addressing fireworks was the focus of a hearing in the state legislature last week. The bill, introduced by State Rep. Frank Farry, would make for stricter guidelines on fireworks and increase criminal penalties for violations.

Fireworks made quite a bang in Lower Bucks this past summer, and many residents were unhappy. Some locals complained law enforcement was not doing enough on July 4th, while others lamented a change in state law.

In response, State Reps. Farry (R-142) and Gene DiGirolamo (R-18) co-introduced legislation for firework safety. Just four days after Independence Day, they submitted the bill.

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee held this most recent hearing on Sept. 24. It focused on input from several government officials, including PA Fire and Emergency Services Institute Executive Director Jerry Ozog.

“While fireworks are a great way to celebrate community, I want to ensure people are not using fireworks contrary to the law or potentially harming neighbors and damaging property,” said Farry. “My legislation would increase public safety through education of fireworks usage and practical regulations.”

Of all the bills submitted by state representatives, only a select few are chosen for hearings. While this is not any indication the bill will pass to become law, it is an important step in the process.