Resident brings complaints about fireworks display to Franconia board
Franconia Township res- ident Martha Herold says sKH NnRws WKH firHwRrNs display that was seen for miles around last Saturday was legal, but thinks it’s time the municipality PDGH D ODw EDnnLnJ firHworks displays at private homes.
“My house shook, my windows rattled, my cats were going nuts,” Herold told the Franconia Township Board of Supervisors Oct. 15.
“These were not little bottle rockets. These were SrRIHssLRnDO PRrWDr firHworks,” Herold said. “It’s just not the right place to be doing it. That part of the township is not rural anymore.”
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Those international regulations include having the DELOLWy WR HxWLnJuLsK firHworks and setback distances that must be observed, along with other safety precautions, Kozeniewski said.
Herold said one of her biggest concerns is that DsKHs IrRP WKH firHwRrNs FRuOG OHDG WR D firH DW KHr Middle Park Drive home or other homes in the area.
When she left her home to pick up her son after the Souderton Area High School homecoming dance Saturday night, there were DsKHs IrRP WKH firHFrDFNHrs on her car, she said.
“It was all over my deck, my table, my swimming pool,” Herold said.
That means the ashes had to also be on the roof of the house and she doesn’t know if the ashes were still hot when they landed, Herold said.
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AOWKRuJK WKH firHwRrNs were the major concern, she said, there was also another part of the event that was more of a nuisance than in previous years.
“The band was louder. It lasted longer,” Herold said.
Resident Gerald Thiel said some restrictions may be in order, but small GLsSODys RI firHwRrNs DW homes, such as ones being held for the Fourth of July, should be allowed to continue.
“To downplay the ash or noise is one thing,” Thiel said, “but to look at abandoning it in the township, I don’t think is right.”
In other matters at the Oct. 15 meeting:
• AOOHnWRwn 5RDG rHsLdent Charlie Saccarelli said the noise from truck jake brakes is a nuisance to not only homes, but also to a neighboring day care.
Board Chairman Steve Barndt said the board has discussed the matter, but hasn’t yet come to a conclusion.
“We can’t prohibit jake brake use on a state highway,” Barndt said. “We might be able put a sign up there saying no jake brake, but we can’t enforce it.”
Board member Grey Godshall said he agrees with Saccarelli and that other municipalities have passed rules banning jake brakes.
“We have to discuss it a little further,” Godshall said. “Give me a month or two.”
• .RzHnLHwsNL rHSRrWHG on the Sept. 29 National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day at the new dropoff box in the lobby of the police headquarters on Allentown Road.
More than 19 pounds of drugs were dropped off that day, he said. The box is available for drop-offs of expired or unused drugs 7:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.