Fireworks Safety and Laws


There are so many fireworks displays in Hampton Roads, but some people prefer to light their own fireworks. Before you do anything, CHECK THE LAW IN YOUR AREA. Fireworks are banned in most of Hampton Roads.

Above all, we want you to be safe and happy this 4th of July. Remember to have a designated driver or call a cab if you celebrated a little too much and be careful of extra traffic on the roads going to and leaving all of the Independence Day celebrations.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 2009-2013, an estimated 18,500 reported fires were started by fireworks. In 2015, emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries. Even sparklers can cause injuries.

The Hampton Roads Regional Fire and Rescue Public Information Association released this data along with a reminder that any fireworks that explodes, emits a flame or sparks, performs as a projectile is specifically prohibited in the Hampton Roads area.

Have fun, be safe, and Happy 4th of July, Hampton Roads!

Review the fireworks code in your city:

Chesapeake

Hampton

Newport News

Norfolk

Portsmouth

Suffolk

Virginia Beach

If you are in possession of legal fireworks (or even something as seemingly harmless as sparklers) here’s what you need to know from the National Council on Fireworks Safety to be safe:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Call your local police department with questions.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

For more about fireworks safety, please visit fireworkssafety.org


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