EAST NORRITON — The Fourth of July holiday should be a little quieter in East Norriton next year now that the supervisors have proposed a new ordinance regarding the use of fireworks.
“A couple of years ago the state legislature loosened up some of the laws and rules on fireworks and the most complaints we had in the township this year were all about fireworks in the neighborhood, at all times of night,” noted Township Manager Bob Hart. “So we had a solicitor look into it to see what parameters we could put around it and we put out an ordinance to advertise it.”
The ordinance indicates that the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law, Act 43 of 2017, took effect on October 30, 2017 (the "Fireworks Law'); and the Board of Supervisors of East Norriton Township has determined that the use of consumer fireworks in an urban setting provides safety and health hazards if the terms of the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law are not specifically complied with.
The ordinance calls for a new Chapter to be added to the East Norriton Township Code of Ordinances and shall be entitled, numbered and read as follows: This Chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority granted under Pennsylvania's fireworks regulations and laws as adopted and codified by the Pennsylvania legislature at 72 P.S. § 9401-9416, and pursuant to the authority to regulate fireworks as set for Class Township Code at 53 P.S. $ 66534. This Chapter is adopted with the intent to comply with such state fireworks laws, properly regulate fireworks use within the Township, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of Township citizens. The following words and phrases when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise: The American Pyrotechnics Association Standard 87-1: Standard for Construction and Approval for Transportation of Fireworks, Novelties, and Theatrical Pyrotechnics, 2001 edition, or any subsequent edition.
Consumer Fireworks: Any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances intended to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion and which is suitable for use by the public that complies with the construction, performance, composition and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 16 CFR (relating to consumer practices) or any successor regulation and which complies with the provisions for "Consumer Fireworks” as defined in the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1, including but not limited to Sections *3.1 and *3.5, or any successor standard. The term does not include devices such as "ground and handheld sparkling devices" as defined in APA Standard 87-1, Section *3.1.1, "novelties” as defined in APA Standard 87-1, Section *3.2, or “toy caps” as defined in APA Standard 87-1, Section *3.3.
Display Fireworks: Defined as more fully set forth in 27 CFR 555.11 (Meaning of terms), which is incorporated herein by reference which meet the types of display fireworks devices set forth in the APA Standard 87-1, Section *4.1 which comply with requirements for display fireworks set forth in APA Standard 87-1.
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 1.4 G fireworks or 1.3 G fireworks as set forth in the 2003 International Fire Code including, but not limited to, those compositions or devices as defined in APA Standard 87-1.
The ordinance applies to occupied and temporary structures and prohibits any person from intentionally igniting or discharging consumer Fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner. Consumer Fireworks or sparkling devices may not be thrown from, a motor vehicle or building, or at a motor vehicle or building or at another person.
In other business, the board voted to accept the resignation of tax collector Kate Gillen.
The board awarded the sale of a police vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer, with 135,000 miles.
A state grant application and a county grant application were authorized for work on the ADA Curb Ramp Project
“Most of the work is off of North Wales Road,” Hart said. “Our goal over time is to make all of our curb areas ADA accessible, to make it accessible for people with disabilities to get around. We’ve been doing it on our own but we’re applying for grants to do a bigger chunk at a time.”