Fireworks Task Force receives nearly 90 complaints ahead of Independence day

PITTSBURGH — It was a busy night for the fireworks task force, one day before Independence Day.

According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, the task force responded to 88 fireworks-related complaints overnight, and issued 34 warnings.

Two of those incidents actually resulted in a fire and minor damage.

The fireworks enforcement began on June 22 and will continue through Monday.

The Fireworks Task Force is comprised of eight members from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and issues warnings, but subsequent calls to the same address may result in $100 citations and confiscation of the fireworks.

Fireworks became legal to purchase in the state in October 2017, “resulting in a sharp annual increase in fireworks-related calls for service,” according to a news release. Officials reported seven structure fires, several brush fires, injuries and multiple noise complaints last year. Twenty-two citations were handed out.

Although fireworks may now be legal to purchase, it is not legal to discharge them within 150 feet of a structure. They are also not permitted for use in any city park, ball field, or any city-owned property.