Fire Department Reminds Citizens: Private Fireworks Are Illegal

Instead, Enjoy Free Fireworks Shows July 4 at Mount Trashmore and Oceanfront

Thursday, July 02, 2015

​Every year, adults and children are seriously injured and fires are ignited by people setting off fireworks across the city.

Fireworks are a hallmark of July 4 celebrations, but consumer fireworks are extremely dangerous. On most Independence Days, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire, causing thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss nationwide. 

 

The Virginia Beach Fire Marshal’s Office warns citizens not to use fireworks. Enforcement teams will work over this long holiday weekend to ensure the safety of everyone in Virginia Beach.

 

Citizens are reminded that all consumer fireworks are illegal in Virginia Beach, including sparklers, which burn at 1,800 degrees.

 

Please enjoy the upcoming holiday and the rest of the summer safely by doing these things:

• Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are operational.
• Properly and carefully discard of smoking materials.
• Move gas and charcoal grills away from structures and shrubbery.
• Adhere to the local ban on fireworks and enjoy permitted fireworks displays.

 

The city will sponsor two free fireworks shows on Saturday night, July 4:

 

• At the Oceanfront – Bands start at 7:30 and 8 p.m. on stages at 17th, 20th, 24th and 31st streets, fireworks at 20th Street at 9:30
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/stars-stripes-explosion

 

• At Mount Trashmore Park – Bands start at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
http://www.vbgov.com/news/Pages/selected.aspx?release=2601

 

For more information on fireworks safety, contact District Chief Michael Barakey at (757) 385-1095 or mbarakey@vbgov.com.  

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