Township of Lehigh, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lehigh 5-14-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Explosives — See Ch. 72.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 76.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A. 
Includes any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances, or, except as hereinafter provided, any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and shall include blank cartridges and toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same, fire-crackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, aerial fireworks, or other fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing an explosive substance.
B. 
Shall not include sparklers, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper caps containing 25/100 grains or less of explosive compound are used, providing they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion, and toy pistol paper caps which contain less than 20/100 grains of explosive mixture, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times, nor shall the term "fireworks" include toy cannons which operate on the principle of mixing calcium carbide, weighing less than 1/10 of an ounce, and water in the reservoir of the cannon and in which ignition results upon the creation of a spark.
It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firms or corporations, amusement parks, fair associations or other organizations or groups of individuals to have or to hold public displays of fireworks within the limits of the Township of Lehigh unless a permit therefor is first granted by the Board of Supervisors of said Township, as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 9-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-5]
A. 
Every display of fireworks within Lehigh Township shall be performed by a state licensed operator. The state licensed operator shall be present during the entire display and shall have on his/her person proper identification regarding said license which shall be displayed upon request by a Township official and/or police officer.
B. 
Firework displays shall be of such a character and so located so that the display shall not constitute a hazard or danger to any person or property within Lehigh Township.
C. 
All firework displays shall be concluded by 10:00 p.m. with the following exceptions:
(1) 
Displays on national holidays shall be concluded by 11:00 p.m.
(2) 
Displays in conjunction with New Year's Eve celebrations shall be concluded by 1:00 a.m. on January 1.
(3) 
Special events approved by the Board of Supervisors, pursuant to a public vote, shall conclude at the time agreed upon for the event.
D. 
Firework displays shall not exceed 30 minutes in length, unless otherwise authorized by the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors pursuant to a vote at a public meeting.
A. 
Application for permits shall be submitted in writing to the Township business office at least 30 days in advance of the date of display. Said application shall provide the proposed location of the display, the character thereof, name and address of the licensed operator, and the name and address of the owner or owners of the grounds on which the display is to be held, with the consent of such owner or owners thereto in writing attached.
[Amended 9-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-5]
B. 
All applicants shall pay the Township Secretary/Treasurer a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors before issuance of a permit, and provide proof of liability insurance.
[Amended 5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1]
If and after such permit shall have been granted by the Township Supervisors or designee, possession, sale, use and distribution of fireworks for such display shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit granted hereunder shall be transferable.
[Amended 9-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-5]
The Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lehigh requires that the licensed operator and/or the owner of the property upon which the display shall occur post a bond in an amount acceptable to the governing body, but in no event less than $1,000,000. Said bond shall be issued to ensure the payment of any and all damages caused to any person or persons and to any property by reason of the licensed display of fireworks and arising from any acts of the licensee, his or its agents, employees, or subcontractors, which bond shall be filed with the Township Business Office before any permit for a supervised public display of fireworks is granted.
If by reason of unfavorable weather the display for which a permit has been granted does not take place at the time so authorized, the person to whom such permit was issued may within 24 hours apply to the authority having granted the same, setting forth under oath the fact that such display was not made, giving the reason therefor, and requesting a continuance of such permit for a day designated therein, not later than one week after the day fixed originally in said permit. Upon receiving such application for a continuance the said authority, if it believes the facts stated therein are true, shall extend the provisions of said permit to the day fixed in said application, not later than one week after the original day designated in the permit, and such extension of time shall be granted without the payment of any additional fee and without requiring any bond other than the one given for the original permit, the provisions of which shall extend to and cover all damages which may be caused by reason of said display taking place at such extended date in the same manner and to the same extent as if such display had taken place at the date originally fixed in the permit.
[Amended 5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1]
Penalties for violation of this chapter shall be as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II.