Mt. Lebanon’s public safety agencies are concerned because residents are trying do-it-yourself fireworks shows.
You can safely use items on the ground … but anything that goes into the air or burns hot in a child’s hand is just asking for trouble. And just because it may be legal now, doesn’t make it safe.
The fire department has responded to house fires in Mt. Lebanon caused by fireworks as well as injuries to people who thought they were doing everything right. This year, fireworks sellers have already started marketing to first-time customers and that could be a recipe for disaster.
Legally, you cannot shoot fireworks any closer than 150 feet from a structure. And don’t think going to the school yard will help. You can’t use them on public or private property without the permission of the owner. Penalties can involve fines of up to $100. This year, the Mt. Lebanon police department will be increasing enforcement in hopes of keeping people safe.