Township of Pocono, PA
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Pocono 6-15-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recreation Committee — See Ch. 54.
Zoning — See Ch. 470.
The following terms shall have the meanings ascribed unless a contrary meaning is expressly set forth in the text.
DISPLAY(S) OF FIREWORKS or FIREWORKS DISPLAY
The ignition, launching or detonation of fireworks.
FIREWORKS
Any composition or device for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect for entertainment purposes by combustion, deflagration or detonation that meets the definition of Class B or Class C explosive or 1.3G/1.4G fireworks as set forth herein.
[Amended 6-30-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-09]
A. 
Large fireworks devices which are explosive material intended for use in fireworks displays and designed to produce audible or visible effect by combustion, deflagration or detonation. Such 1.3G fireworks include, but are not limited to, firecrackers that contain more than 130 milligrams of explosive composition, aerial shells containing more than 40 grams of pyrotechnic composition and other display pieces which exceed the limit for classification as 1AG fireworks. The United States DOT also describes such 1.3G fireworks as "Fireworks, UN0335."
B. 
Small fireworks devices containing restricted amounts of pyrotechnic composition designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion. Such 1.4G fireworks which comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations of the United States DOT for Fireworks, UN0336 and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, as set forth in the CPSC 16 CFR Parts 1500 and 1507, are not explosive material for the purpose of this chapter.
C. 
[Added 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-20]
(1) 
Any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances which is intended to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, is suitable for use by the public, complies with the construction, performance, composition and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 16 CFR (relating to commercial practices) or any successor regulation and complies with the provisions for "consumer fireworks" as defined in APA 87-1 or any successor standard, the sale, possession and use of which shall be permitted throughout the Township.
(2) 
The term does not include devices as "ground and hand-held sparkling devices," "novelties" or "toy caps" in APA 87-1 or any successor standard, the sale, possession and use of which shall be permitted at all times throughout the Township.
NFPA 1124
The National Fire Protection Association Standard 1124 Code for the Manufacture, Transportation and Storage of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles, 2006 edition, or any subsequent edition.
[Added 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-20]
TEMPORARY STRUCTURES
A structure other than a permanent facility with fixed utility connections, which is in use or in place for a period of 20 consecutive calendar days or has and is dedicated to the storage and sale of consumer fireworks and related items. This term includes temporary retail sales, stands, tents, canopies and membrane structures meeting the specifications of NFPA 1124. This term shall not include a facility that is not licensed to all consumer fireworks under this chapter.
[Added 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-20]
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 Pocono unless a permit therefor is first granted by the Board of Commissioners, as hereinafter provided.
Every such fireworks display within the limits of said Township shall be handled by a state-licensed operator, and which display shall be of such character and so located, discharged or fired as in the opinion of the Board of Commissioners, or its duly authorized representative, after proper inspection, shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person or persons.
A. 
Application for permits shall be made in writing to the Township Manager at least 30 days in advance of the date of the fireworks display, unless said time period is reduced or waived by the Board of Commissioners in its sole discretion. The application shall set forth the proposed location of the fireworks display, the character thereof, name and address of the operator, and the name and address of the owner or owners of the grounds on which the fireworks display is to be held, with the consent of such owner or owners thereto in writing attached.
B. 
In addition to all other application requirements set forth herein, permit applications for fireworks 1.3G shall also include a copy of the operator's license issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a copy of the operator's annual registration with the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Added 6-30-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-09]
C. 
In addition to all other application requirements set forth herein, permit applications for fireworks 1.4G shall also include a copy of the operator's annual registration with the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Added 6-30-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-09]
D. 
All applicants shall pay the Township a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners before issuance of a permit, and provide a certificate of liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000, naming the Township as an additional insured.
E. 
If the application does not conform to the requirements of all pertinent statutes, ordinances and regulations, the Board of Commissioners shall reject the application and, in writing, state the reasons therefor. If the Board of Commissioners is satisfied that the proposed fireworks display conforms to the requirements of this chapter, and all laws and regulations applicable thereto, the Board of Commissioners shall issue a permit listing any conditions attached by the Board of Commissioners.
A. 
If and after such permit shall have been granted by the Board of Commissioners, or its designee, possession, sale, use and distribution of fireworks for such display shall be lawful for that purpose only.
B. 
No permit granted hereunder shall be transferable.
C. 
The Board of Commissioners may attach to the permit any conditions deemed necessary and appropriate by the Board of Commissioners to address safety concerns.
The permittee shall:
A. 
Ensure that proper fire protection is or will be provided during the entire fireworks display; and
B. 
Notify the Fire Company serving the Township no less than 14 days prior to the date of the fireworks display.
[Amended 6-30-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-09]
The Board of Commissioners shall require a bond, deemed adequate by it, given by the permittee in an amount deemed appropriate by the Board of Commissioners, but not in a sum less than $100,000 for fireworks 1.3G and $1,000 for fireworks 1.4G, conditioned for the payment of all damages caused to any person or persons and to any property by reason of the licensed display and arising from any acts of the licensee, his or its agents, employees or subcontractors, which bond shall be filed with the Township Manager before any permit for a supervised public display of fireworks is delivered.
A. 
After notice to the permittee and an opportunity to be heard (within five days of the date of the notice), the Board of Commissioners may revoke a permit or approval issued under the provisions of this chapter in the case of any false statement or misrepresentation of fact in the application, or failure of the applicant to comply with the provisions of this chapter, or any other applicable statute or regulation.
B. 
Appeals from any suspension, revocation or denial of a permit may be made to the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas pursuant to the provisions of the Local Agency Law, 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 751 et seq.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 551 et seq.
C. 
In the event that a permit or application has been denied, suspended or revoked, no part of the application/permit fee shall be refunded.
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 permittee may within seven days apply to the Township Manager, 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 Township Manager, if he 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.
Unfired fireworks and trash remaining after the conclusion of the fireworks display for which the permit was issued shall be immediately disposed of by the permittee in an approved, safe manner.
[Added 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-20[1]]
A. 
Conditions. A person who is at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of this chapter may purchase, possess and use consumer fireworks.
B. 
Prohibitions. A person shall not intentionally ignite or discharge:
(1) 
Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.
(2) 
Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within or throw Consumer Fireworks from a motor vehicle or building.
(3) 
Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or building or another person.
(4) 
Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
(5) 
Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
(6) 
Consumer fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged in the Township, except during the following holidays, dates and times:
(a) 
Memorial Day: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(b) 
July 4: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(c) 
Labor Day: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(d) 
December 31: 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
(e) 
January 1: 12:00 midnight to 1:00 a.m.
(7) 
Consumer fireworks and sparkling devices during any "burn ban" imposed by the Township Fire Chief or the Township Manager. It shall be the responsibility of each person to determine whether a "burn ban" is in effect prior to igniting or discharging the consumer fireworks.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former § 200-11 as § 200-13.
[Added 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-20]
A. 
Consumer fireworks shall only be sold from facilities which are licensed by the Department of Agriculture and that meet the following criteria:
(1) 
The facilities shall comply with the provisions of the Act of March 10, 1999 (P.L. 491, No. 45) known as the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, also known as the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.301 et seq.
(2) 
The facility shall be a stand-alone permanent structure.
(3) 
Storage areas shall be separated from wholesale or retail sales areas to which a purchaser shall be permitted by appropriately rated fire separation.
(4) 
The facility shall be located no closer than 250 feet from a facility selling or dispensing gasoline, propane, or other flammable products.
(5) 
The facility shall be located at least 1,500 feet from another facility licensed to sell Consumer Fireworks.
(6) 
The facility shall have a monitored burglar and fire alarm system.
(7) 
Quarterly fire drills and pre-planning meetings shall be conducted as required by the Township Fire Department.
B. 
Conditions for facilities. In addition to the requirements contained in Act 43 of 2017, the facility shall operate in accordance with the following additional rules:
(1) 
All facilities selling Consumer Fireworks shall comply with all applicable requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code which has been adopted by the Township.
(2) 
All facilities must obtain a certificate of occupancy from the Township.
(3) 
Upon request from the Township Fire Chief, Zoning Officer or Code Enforcement Officer, the owner or operator of the facility shall provide written documentation of the total inventory of the facility, which documentation shall contain the amount of pyrotechnic material of all Consumer Fireworks at the facility at that time.
C. 
Temporary sales facilities.
(1) 
Conditions. Notwithstanding § 200-12 or any other provision of law, a temporary structure may be licensed by the Department of Agriculture to sell consumer fireworks if the temporary structure meets all of the following requirements:
(a) 
The owner or operator of the temporary structure has applied for and received a permit from Pocono Township.
(b) 
The temporary structure is located no closer than 250 feet from a facility storing, selling or dispensing gasoline, propane or other flammable products.
(c) 
An evacuation plan is posted in a conspicuous location for a temporary structure in accordance with NFPA 1124.
(d) 
The outdoor storage unit, if any, is separated from the wholesale or retail sales area to which a purchaser may be admitted by appropriately rated fire separation.
(e) 
The temporary structure complies with NFPA 1124 as it relates to retail sales of Consumer Fireworks in temporary structures.
(f) 
The temporary structure is located one of the following distances from a permanent facility licensed to sell Consumer Fireworks under the act of May 15, 1939 (P.L. 134, No. 65), referred to as the Fireworks Law, at the time of the effective date of this article:
[1] 
Prior to January 1, 2023, at least five miles.
[2] 
Beginning January 1, 2023, at least two miles.
(g) 
The temporary structure does not exceed 2,500 square feet.
(h) 
The temporary structure is secured at all times during which Consumer Fireworks are displayed within the structure.
(i) 
The temporary structure has a minimum of $2,000,000 in public and product liability insurance.
(j) 
The sales period is limited to June 15 through July 8 and December 21 through January 2 of each year.
(k) 
Consumer fireworks not on display for retail sale are stored in an outdoor storage unit.
(2) 
Limitations. The sale of Consumer Fireworks from the temporary structure is limited to the following:
(a) 
Helicopter, aerial spinner (APA 87-1, 3.1.2.3).
(b) 
Roman candle (APA 87-1, 3.1.2.4).
(c) 
Mine and shell devices not exceeding 500 grams.
A. 
This chapter shall be enforced by the Pocono Township Police Department.
B. 
Any person, copartnership, association or corporation who violates this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution.