UPPER MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Representative Mike Schlossberg says voting in favor of Pennsylvania's current fireworks laws, although well-intentioned, was a mistake.

"We made a mistake a few years ago, and now it's on us to fix it, and that's what I'm trying to do," said Schlossberg.

What Schlossberg says was a bill taxing the sale of fireworks to fund schools and human services, backfired. He calls it an "unmitigated disaster." Since before the coronavirus, Schlossberg says legislators proposed making necessary changes to the law since a repeal would be "virtually impossible."

"There's too many jobs behind this thing, and there's too much tax revenue," he said.

He also says politics is the art of the possible. The new legislation would give local governments more power to confiscate fireworks and to set limits on when they can be set off.

"I think that's a more doable approach," said Schlossberg.

As the law stands, there's little police can do to enforce the state's fireworks laws.

"If a cop shows up to somebody's backyard and there's firework debris all over the place and then they see a big stash of fireworks in the corner, right now they're not allowed to confiscate that big stash of fireworks," said Representative Peter Schweyer.

Lawmakers say it's a problem across the commonwealth and that what they thought was a solution to one problem, has turned into another.

"We have a situation now that we have to correct. I wish we had never wound up here, but here we are and now I'd like to do something about it," said Schlossberg.

There's no timeline on when the bill will make its way to committee but lawmakers hope it's soon. They say they, too, are tired of hearing the sound of fireworks at inappropriate times.

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