2009-04-02 / Front Page

Ayr Twp. Discusses Fireworks Request

Conducts other routine business
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

With the spring season barely a week old, Ayr Township supervisors talked about summer fireworks at their regular meeting on Monday evening. The supervisors reviewed a request from Keystone Novelties of Lancaster regarding any permits it may need to set up a tent fireworks sale display in the Penn's Village Shopping Plaza located in Ayr Township. According to the request, the company has already obtained permission from the plaza's owner, Mike Bard.

The supervisors said during their meeting that they have no ordinances or permit requirements for such an operation and agreed to respond that no permits or further permissions beyond that of the owner would be required.

Keystone Novelties has had tent sales for more than 18 years, including those in Franklin and Adams counties. According to the request, the business is now expanding its operation and wants to include Fulton County.

The company sells novelties wholesale and retail throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

According to Wes Runnels, vice president of field sales, the tent will likely be in operation for around 11 days prior to the July 4th holiday. Most tents measure approximately 30 by 45 feet and 24-hour security is provided.

While it is illegal in Pennsylvania basically to set off any fireworks that fly through the air or explode, since passage of a law in 2004, it is legal, however, for businesses in Pennsylvania to sell such fireworks to non-Pennsylvania residents. State law dictates that Pennsylvania citizens may only purchase sparklers, toy pistols or other devices in which paper caps are used that contain .25 grains or less of explosive compound, and are constructed so the hand cannot come into contact with the cap when in place for the explosion.

During other business on Monday evening, the supervisors agreed to place "school bus turning" signs near the top of Route 16 east of McConnellsburg. Although PennDOT has approved the signs, according to supervisor Gary Hopkins, it is the township's responsibility to erect them.

The supervisors also signed an agreement and resolution to access and use PennDOT's Web site in order to file online liquid fuel reports.

The supervisors also reviewed a letter from David Black Engineering informing them that Joyce Engel of California is withdrawing her subdivision plans for Magsam Creek Estates just off Route 30 east of Mc- Connellsburg. Engel had previously submitted plans to subdivide the property into individual lots. No reason was given for withdrawing the plans.

The township meeting in May will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. due to the fact that the regular meeting conflicts with the Memorial Day holiday. Normally, the supervisors meet the last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the township building. The next regular meeting will be held on April 27, 2009.

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