Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals

Fireworks and sparklers are a beloved tradition in many celebrations, yet they pose serious dangers to users, children, pets, and the environment.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) strongly urges everyone to leave pyrotechnic displays to the professionals.

Individuals found responsible for starting wildfires with fireworks can face severe penalties, including liability for all suppression and reclamation costs, fines, and even imprisonment.

For those who still choose to use fireworks, it is imperative to follow the guidelines outlined in the approved Permissible Fireworks list available on the VDFP website: VDFP Permissible Fireworks List. This resource also offers additional safety information, local regulations, permit application processes, and more.

Legal Framework for Fireworks Display Permits

According to § 15.2-974, the governing bodies of Virginia’s counties, cities, and towns have the authority to issue permits for fireworks displays conducted by fair associations, amusement parks, or any organization or group of individuals.

These permits are granted based on the minimum terms and conditions established by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq.), along with any additional requirements prescribed by local authorities.

Permit holders are authorized to purchase and use fireworks in accordance with these specified terms and conditions.

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