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New Barrett Township Fireworks Ordinance - Coming July 2018

Update 7/12/18:
This ordinance was passed at the last night's (July 11) meeting

Clarification:
This ordinance only applies to 'large' fireworks displays (e.g. if you hire a professional company).  All others are regulated by the State of Pennsylvania.  

Pennsylvania's purchases of consumer-grade fireworks are limited to buyers 18 and older, and have usage restrictions, including requiring permission from the property owner, not using them inside buildings or motor vehicles or within 150 feet of an occupied structure.

Further reading:
http://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx

PUBLIC NOTICE INTENTION TO ENACT PROPOSED ORDINANCE The Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township hereby gives public notice of its intention to enact the ordinance summarized below at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. At the meeting, the Board will listen to comments by members of the public concerning the proposed ordinance. If substantial amendments are not offered to the draft of the proposed ordinance, the Board intends to consider enactment of the proposed ordinance immediately following receipt of public comment. The proposed ordinance is entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BARRETT, MONROE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT FOR THE POSSESSION AND USE OF DISPLAY FIREWORKS, INCORPORATING THE DEFINITION OF DISPLAY FIREWORKS FROM ACT 43 OF 2017 AND ESTABLISHING PERMIT FEES AND PROVIDING FOR CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ORDINANCE. The following is a brief summary of all of the provisions of the proposed ordinance. Section 1 provides definitions of terms used in the ordinance; Section 2 makes it unlawful to possess or use display fireworks within Barrett Township without obtaining a permit; Section 3 provides for the issuance of permits for display fireworks; Section 4 contains display limitations; Section 5 requires a bond in accordance with Act 43 of 2017; Section 6 provides for extensions of a permit; Section 7 provides for violations and civil penalties; Sections 8 and 9 contain severability and disclaimer clauses; Section 10 states that the failure to enforce the ordinance is not a waiver of the requirements of the ordinance; Section 11 contains a repealer clause; and, Section 12 provides that the ordinance to be effective five days after its enactment.

The full text of the proposed ordinance is on file for inspection and review without charge (or a copy may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof) at Barrett Township's offices at 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance also has been provided to and may be reviewed at the Pocono Record and the Monroe County Law Library. If any person with a disability wishes to request that special accommodations be made to allow his or her participation, he or she is asked to contact the Township at 570-595-2602, at least one business day in advance to make arrangements. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - July 2

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