‘It sounds like a war zone’: Pa. lawmaker wants fireworks restrictions

  • Ed Mahon

If you have any traveling on your list this summer, “Binge Mode: Harry Potter” is a good listen and packed with jokes. I just discovered this New York Times article that looks at how the show gained a cult following. — Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

The law was expanded two years ago

A billboard in York city, seen on July 10, 2019, highlights a change in Pennsylvania that made consumer fireworks legal for Pennsylvania residents.

Ed Mahon / PA Post

A billboard in York city, seen on July 10, 2019, highlights a change in Pennsylvania that made consumer fireworks legal for Pennsylvania residents.

  • Two years ago, Pennsylvania lawmakers expanded what type of fireworkers state residents can buy. Now, some firefighters, local government leaders and lawmakers say those aerial fireworks are creating too many problems. I talked to them about efforts to change the law for this story.

  • A managing partner for Sky King Fireworks, which has shops across the state, told me that he generally supports increased restrictions for the use of fireworks. “We don’t think that people should be lighting off fireworks at 2 o’clock in the morning,” Joe VanOudenhove said.

  • There have been reports of recent fireworks-related fires across Pennsylvania, including in Harrisburg and Reading. And in Luzerne County, investigators believe a Tuesday morning fire that killed an 11-year-old boy might have been caused by fireworks, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reported on Wednesday.

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In this photo made on Friday, May 24, 2019, Old Main is shown on the campus of Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa.

  • For the first time in 21 years, tuition will not rise for students in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, PennLive’s Jana Benscoter reports. But the system still has financial challenges and an existing $62 million budget gap for 2019-20.

  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday launched an effort to better track guns used in crimes, Marc Levy of The Associated Press reports. Shapiro made the announcement at a news conference in Erie.

  • Anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome have been added to the list of medical conditions approved for receiving medical marijuana, Brett Sholtis reports for WITF. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said medical marijuana should not replace traditional therapies for those conditions.


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