A new law allows Pennsylvania residents to celebrate with more fireworks.
Under the law that was signed by Governor Tom Wolf last October, Pennsylvania residents can purchase and use fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and other devices that shoot into the air.
“We have a 16-year-old daughter that loves to have her friends over, so we love to have some excitement for her. As the husband says, we have to go out with a bang on July Fourth,” said nearby resident Tera Taylor.
Those living nearby say they’re glad to be buying the good stuff.
“Just your snaps, loud pops, anything like that,” said Taylor.
Before, out-of-state residents were already allowed to buy those products in Pennsylvania stores. Staff members at Keystone Fireworks are happy with the change.
“It’s great now, because we don’t have to treat Pennsylvania residents as if they were a totally different type of customer coming in,” said William Wiles. “It’s a little different having most of our revenue come in from out-of-state residents, but we’ll be seeing some changes now with that aspect of things.”
A 12 percent tax on those purchases will go to first responders. As for Taylor, she already knows where to go for the best firework views.
“We actually consider our carport, and watch the Maryland-West Virginia state line, so it’s nice to just sit out in the evenings and be out in the country, and not have to worry about the crowds,” Taylor said.
Officials say you have to be 18 years or older to make a purchase. Keystone Fireworks in Greencastle is open until midnight. Staff members say as the Fourth of July approaches, they will extend their hours until 1 a.m.