Fireworks Illegal in Virginia Beach

Thursday, June 27, 2019

​Virginia Beach, VA - June 27, 2019

Just as they were last year and the year before that and the year before that and well, you get the idea.  Fireworks have been and remain against the law in Virginia Beach.  Just to be clear, the city ordinance regarding fireworks states;

·         Sec. 12-43.2. Fireworks and pyrotechnic displays unlawful; exceptions.

  • (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section it shall be unlawful for any person to transport, manufacture, assemble, store, sell, offer or display for sale, or to buy, use, possess, ignite or explode any firecracker, torpedo, sky rocket, sparkler, or other substance or device that contains any explosive or flammable compound or substance, and is intended or commonly known as fireworks, and which explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, fires projectiles or discharges sparks into the air.

National studies regarding fireworks offer a sound argument for municipal bans on consumer fireworks.  In 2017 alone, there were at least eight deaths and 12,900 injuries from fireworks-related incidents, with more than 36 percent of injuries involving children younger than 15 years old, according to the most recent figures from the Consumer Product Safety CommissionThe CPSC's 2015 Fireworks Annual Report revealed some significant numbers about fires and property damage related to fireworks.

  • In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.

    More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.

    Illegal fireworks have proven their potential to cause tragedy in Virginia Beach.  In June of 2013, two people were killed in a residential fire that started with carelessly discarded smoking materials that ignited illegal fireworks inside the home.  In July of that same year, a beach resident was killed when a firework exploded in his face.  In an effort to prevent more tragedies like the ones in 2013 and the many injuries to children every year, the City of Virginia Beach continues to outlaw consumer fireworks.  This does not mean you cannot enjoy a traditional July 4th celebration with Fireworks!  The city's annual fireworks shows at Mount Trashmore and at the Oceanfront offer a spectacular holiday display and both shows are free to the public.  Just visit for details about these fireworks shows and other holiday options available to you.  The Virginia Beach Fire Department wants you to have a safe and enjoyable July 4th.