PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With commercial fireworks now legal in Pennsylvania, officials have issued warnings about using them on the Fourth of July.READ MORE: Man Shot In The Head Inside Wilkinsburg Apartment
Pittsburgh Police Bomb Squad officers demonstrated the power of the higher-grade pyrotechnics Wednesday morning.
Last fall, state lawmaker passed a law allowing people to buy and use the full line of fireworks that follow federal guidelines.READ MORE: Travel Restrictions Tighten As COVID-19 Omicron Variant Concerns Grow
Doctors say they are expecting an increase in the number of emergency room visits because of fireworks.
“I think that there’s a false safety that people project when you say that a firework is legal. So, none of them are safe and certainly we wouldn’t want any children to be around them,” Dr. Jenny Ziembicki, of UPMC Mercy’s Burn Center, said.MORE NEWS: Recall Issued For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Pounds Of Meat Over Listeria Concerns
However, there is an additional 12 percent tax on fireworks. That money will go toward a fund for first responders.