Township of North Codorus, PA
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of North Codorus 4-2-1980 by Ord. No. 59. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Open burning — See Ch. 79.
The short title of this chapter shall be "North Codorus Township Fire-Fighting Control Ordinance."
No person, partnership, corporation or organization shall interfere with or participate in any way in fire-fighting activities in North Codorus Township or respond to any alarm of fire in North Codorus Township unless such person, partnership or organization is requested to so participate or respond by the North Codorus Township Fire Chief or his duly appointed assistants.
[Added 6-18-2019 by Ord. No. 275-05-2019[1]]
A. 
Intent. It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors of North Codorus Township to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public through limiting the use of fireworks. Fireworks by nature contain incendiary or explosive combustible materials which present unique fire hazards and can damage property and endanger human life. This section regulates the use of fireworks by the general public but allows for public displays of display fireworks by professional, competent pyrotechnicians in a safe manner.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BARN
Any building or permanent structure for the purpose of housing and/or feeding livestock, or storing hay, straw, or grains for feeding and/or bedding livestock.
CONSUMER FIREWORKS
Any firework or explosive device that falls within the meaning of the term "consumer fireworks" as defined in 72 P.S. § 9401 (Definitions), and any subsequent amendments thereto.
DISPLAY FIREWORKS
Any firework or explosive device that falls within the meaning of the term "display fireworks" as defined in 72 P.S. § 9401 (Definitions), and any subsequent amendments thereto.
OCCUPIED STRUCTURE
A structure, vehicle or place adapted For:
(1) 
Overnight accommodation of persons; or
(2) 
Conducting business, whether or not a person is actually present.
C. 
Restrictions on all fireworks. No fireworks use, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be permitted within the Township unless the following regulations and restrictions, which are hereby established, are strictly adhered to:
(1) 
All fireworks use, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be restricted to between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
(2) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited at any location within 300 feet of any occupied structure.
(3) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited at any location within 300 feet of a bam or livestock.
(4) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited within any building or vehicle, and no fireworks shall be thrown out of any building or thrown at any vehicle.
(5) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited while the user is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
(6) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited for any person who is not at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of state law for purchasing said fireworks.
(7) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited on any streets, sidewalks, alleys, or public grounds within the Township. Notwithstanding the foregoing prohibition, display fireworks may be permitted on public property within the Township upon application to and permission from the Township, together with a bond as required by state law.
(8) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited on any private property within the Township without the express permission of the owner of the property.
(9) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited within 150 feet of pasture land used for the purpose of grazing livestock or other cropland that may be susceptible to igniting.
(10) 
The use of fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or other types of fireworks, shall be strictly prohibited at any time during the imposition of a burn ban as authorized by § 79-3 (Burning, Open; Township's right to ban open burning,) of the Code of North Codorus Township.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also renumbered former §§ 98-3 and 98-4 as §§ 98-4 and 98-5, respectively.
Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to prevent or discourage any individual person or industrial fire brigade from engaging in fire prevention or in emergency fire fighting prior to the arrival of the North Codorus Township Fire Chief or his duly appointed assistants at the scene of a fire.
[Amended 3-15-1989 by Ord. No. 108-3-89]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.