With the Fourth of July coming up, the most common thing associated with the holiday is the fireworks. 2020 is the first year Philly residents are legally allowed to do their own firework show from their house. However, some Philly natives are not too happy about this news.

According to Billy Penn, after years of fireworks being illegal, as of July 3, 2019, fireworks are now legal in Philadelphia. However, you do have to set off a specific brand of fireworks and follow strict directions. You can only set off, “Ground-based fireworks, firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, other Class C fireworks, also known as “consumer grade”, no fireworks with more than 50 milligrams of explosive materials and no “display” fireworks, which contain professional-grade pyrotechnics.”

Along with these guidelines, you also “have to be at least 18 years old, cannot set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure — including houses or commercial buildings that are in use, cannot light a fuse under any trees or power lines, and must have permission (in writing) from whoever owns the land.” However, despite these clear guidelines, people are still disregarding the rules. And as a result, throughout the end of May until now, almost 1,000 residents have called 911 saying there were exploding or booming noises.

People have also been taking action on their Facebook neighborhood pages and are speculating conspiracies. Even though there are strict rules, it still is hard for fireworks to go off and be legal through Philadelphia.


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