[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pittston as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-23-1914 by Ord. No. 1914-39]
Any and all persons firing or causing to be fired within the City any kind of firearms, fireworks, firecrackers or squibs (air guns or throwing any missiles by use of a sling or spring) or building fires upon the streets or alleys shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 for each offense, provided that this section shall not apply in cases when the same is done by a policeman in the discharge of duty or to military master and parade.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, members of any firm or any partnership or anyone in the employ of a corporation to sell or offer for sale in this City any firecracker or fireworks containing picric acid or picrates, dynamite, or other high-explosive compound.
Nor shall it be lawful for any person or persons, members of any firm or partnership or the employees of any corporation to sell, offer, or expose for sale any blank cartridge, pellet, or tablet composed of dynamite or other high-explosive compound to be used in pistols, hollow canes, or any toy for explosive purpose.
Nor shall it be lawful for any person or persons, member of any firm or partnership or the employees of any corporation to offer for sale in this City any firecracker containing gunpowder or any other explosive material over six inches in length, and no firecracker from 3 1/2 inches to six inches in length shall be more than three quarters of an inch in diameter, and no firecracker, to the length of 3 1/2 inches, shall be more than one inch in diameter.
Nor shall it be lawful for any person or persons, firm, partnership or corporation to manufacture any firecracker or any species of pyrotechnics, fireworks, tablets, pellets, or cartridges containing picric acid or picrates, dynamite or any other high-explosive compound.
Any person or persons, members of any firm or partnership or employees of a corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 per offense, plus all City costs, and, upon default of payment, up to 30 days in the County Jail.
[Adopted 7-9-1940 by Ord. No. 1940-416]
Application for permits for supervised public displays of fireworks to be held within the City of Pittston in conformity with the provisions of Act No. 65 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, approved May 15, 1939, shall be made in writing to City Council at least 30 days in advance of the date set for the said display.
Such application shall set forth:
The name of the organization sponsoring the display, together with the names of persons actually in charge of the firing of the display.
The date and time of day at which the display is to be held.
The exact location planned for the display.
A description setting forth the age, experience, and physical characteristics of the persons who are to do the actual discharging of the fireworks.
The number and kinds of fireworks to be discharged.
The manner and place of storage of such fireworks prior to the display.
A diagram of the ground on which the display is to be held, showing the point at which the fireworks are to be discharged, the location of all buildings, highways and other lines of communication, the line behind which the audience will be restrained, and the location of all nearby trees, telegraph or telephone lines or other overhead obstruction (scaled plan preferable).
Upon receipt of such application, the same shall forthwith be submitted to the Chief of the Fire Department, who, thereupon, shall make or cause to be made an inspection and investigation of all matter relating to said supervised public display of fireworks and report to City Council. Thereupon, if the said Chief of the Fire Department reports that the said display is of such a character and so located and intended to be so discharged or fired as, in his opinion, not to be hazardous to property or endanger any person or persons, and if City Council further finds that said display will be handled by a competent operator approved by it and that the application for a permit in all respects complies with these rules and regulations, then the City Administrator, on direction of City Council, shall issue a nontransferable permit upon the filing by the licensee therein of a bond with corporate surety, conditioned as required by law, in a sum as determined by the City Solicitor. Otherwise, City Council shall deny the application for such permit. Penalty for noncompliance shall be a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
Supervised public displays of fireworks shall be permitted only when the actual point at which the fireworks are to be fired is at least 200 feet from the nearest permanent building, public highway or railroad or other means of travel or 50 feet from the nearest aboveground telephone or telegraph line, tree or other overhead obstruction.
The audience at a supervised public display of fireworks shall be restrained behind lines at least 150 feet from the point at which the fireworks are discharged, and only persons in active charge of the display shall be allowed inside the lines.
All fireworks that fire a projectile shall be so set up that the projectile will go into the air as nearly as possible in a vertical direction.
Any fireworks that remain unfired after the aforesaid display is concluded shall be immediately disposed of in a way safe for the particular type of fireworks.
No supervised public display of fireworks shall be held during any windstorm in which the winds reaches a velocity of more than 30 miles per hour.
The persons in actual charge of the firing of fireworks in any such supervised public display shall be able-bodied men of at least 21 years of age and competent for the task.
There shall be at all times at least two operators at any supervised display of fireworks constantly on duty during the holding thereof.
Any person, copartnership, association or corporation violating the provisions of this article shall, upon summary conviction thereof before a Magisterial District Judge, be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, plus all City costs, or, in the case of individuals, the members of a partnership and the responsible officers and agents of an association or corporation, by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.