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Fireworks store plan rekindled in Antrim

September 29, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

STATE LINE, Pa. - A proposed fireworks retail store that was turned down by the Antrim Township (Pa.) Supervisors earlier this year has been resubmitted for consideration.

Sky King Fireworks late last week filed plans for a 6,900-square-foot store and 21 parking spaces on an acre of land near the intersection of Mason Dixon Road and Mountain View Drive. Plans indicate the property is zoned community commercial.

The supervisors in July rejected the previous plans based on what they said were unmet stormwater easement requirements. The newest plans show up to 25 feet of easements on each side of the concrete block and steel building.

When the store first went before the supervisors for approval, area residents had repeatedly voiced concerns about fires and safety. Representatives of the developer countered that Sky King Fireworks has never had a fire at any of its 16 stores.

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The retailer recently opened a store in Easton, Pa., which is designed to cater to out-of-state residents much like what had been proposed in State Line. Pennsylvania residents without permits are limited in the types of fireworks they may purchase, so they aren't allowed inside Sky King Fireworks' Pennsylvania showrooms, according to the company's Web site.

All shoppers must provide identification, store officials told the supervisors this summer.

In addressing the supervisors before their July decision, potential store owner Joseph Van Oudenhove III said Pennsylvania shoppers would be limited to a seasonal outdoor tent.

Township officials said they expect the planning commission to review land development plans for the store at its November meeting.

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