The District and communities in Virginia and Maryland have specific rules for the use of fireworks. Don’t get burned this Fourth of July.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Illegal-

·Any firework that explodes, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells

·Any firework intended to move after the piece is placed and fired; such as bottle rockets, parachutes, buzzbombs, pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks

·Sparklers more than 20 inches (50mm) in length

·Any firework that contains mercury, arsenic, tetryl, phosporous, sulphocyanide, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate of potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent

·Any firework having a side fuse, or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework

·Any firework found by the code official to be dangerous to the safety of persons or property

Permitted-

·Toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths (0.25) of a grain of explosive composition per cap

·Sparklers not more than 20 inches (50mm) in length

·Torches

·Cones

·Box fires

·Fountains

·Dip-sticks

·Non-poisonous snakes

·Paper novelty items

·Colored lights

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MARYLAND

Anne Arundel County

Permitted-

·Toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices that use paper caps that contain 0.25 grains or less of explosive composition if the devices are constructed so that a hand cannot touch the cap when the cap is in place for use

·Toy pistol paper caps that contain less than 0.20 grains of explosive composition

·Sparklers that do not contain chlorates or perchlorates

·Ground-based sparkling devices that are non-aerial and non-explosive, and are labeled in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

·Paper wrapped snappers that contain less than 0.03 grains of explosive composition

·Ash-producing pellets known as “snakes” that do not contain mercury and are not regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation.

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Calvert County:

Permitted-

·Hand-held sparklers

·Ignitable snakes

·Party poppers

·Snap n’ Pops

Illegal-

·Firecrackers

·Fireworks

·Torpedoes

·Bombs

·Pin wheels

·Fire balloons

·Roman candles

·Toy cannons

·Toy pistols

·Missile or aerial firework containing a stick or fin

·Other firework containing a stick or fin

Charles County:

Permitted-

·Hand-held sparklers

·Ignitable snakes

·Party poppers

·Snap n’ Pops

Frederick County:

Permitted-

·Sparklers

·Novelty items

·Ground-based sparklers are legal

Illegal-

·Fireworks that explode, rise into the air, move across the ground or shoot projectiles into the air

·Firecrackers

·Roman candles

·Pop bottle rockets

·Shell devices

Howard County:

Permitted-

·Handheld sparklers (not ground-based)

·Party poppers

·Ignitable snakes

·Snap n’ Pops

Montgomery County:

Illegal-

·All fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge including gold label sparklers.

Permitted-

·Snap-and-pop noise makers, snakes, and party poppers

Prince George’s County:

·All consumer fireworks are illegal

St. Mary’s County:

Permitted-

·Hand-held sparklers

·Ignitable snakes

·Party poppers

·Snap n’ Pops

VIRGINIA

Alexandria:

·All consumer fireworks are illegal

Arlington County:

Permitted-

·Fountains

·Party Poppers

·Smoke and Filter Devices

·Snakes

·Sparklers

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Fairfax County:

·Any firework, which explodes, emits a flame or sparks higher than 12 feet, or performs as a projectile is prohibited by the Fairfax County Fire Prevention Code.

Loudoun County:

Specific list of permitted fireworks can be found here

Prince William County:

Specific list of permitted fireworks can be found here

Stafford County:

Permitted-

·Sparklers

·Fountains

·Pharaoh’s serpents

·Pinwheels (commonly known as whirligigs or spinning jennies

Illegal-

·Fireworks which explode, emits flame or sparks to a distance greater than twelve (12) feet, rises into the air or travels laterally, or performs as a projectile or fires projectiles other than sparks.

See the complete list of permitted fireworks here

Falls Church:

·All consumer fireworks are illegal in Falls Church, including firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, sparklers or other devices.

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Manassas:

·Any firework, which emits a flame, sparks or explodes or moves under its own power to distances greater than twelve (12) feet or performs as a projectile are prohibited by the City of Manassas Parks’ Fire Prevention Code.

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Manassas Park:

Permitted-

·Sparklers

·Fountains

·Pharaoh’s serpents

·Caps for pistols

·Pinwheels (commonly known as whirligigs or spinning jennies)

Illegal-

·Fireworks which emit flame or sparks to a distance greater than twelve (12) feet or perform as a projectile or which, from outward appearances resemble firecrackers, cherry bombs, Roman candles, torpedoes or skyrockets are prohibited in the city.

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