Public Safety Officials Remind Citizens that Fireworks are Illegal in Virginia Beach

Monday, December 28, 2020

As the end of 2020 draws near, we are looking forward to a new year of restored hope and fresh starts. Let’s begin 2021 celebrating safely and responsibly. The Virginia Beach Fire Department wants to remind the community that fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Virginia Beach. As much as we all enjoy fireworks, they are dangerous and can cause devastation to people and property.

In 2018, an estimated 19,500 fires were started by fireworks, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. In 2019, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,000 people for fireworks-related injuries. More than half of those injuries were to the extremities and 30% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated injuries.

Source: www.cpsc.gov › 2019 Fireworks Annual Report

NFPA's Fireworks Fires and Injuries report

City Code 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.

To report the use of illegal fireworks or for information regarding city services and information, please contact VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 or visit www.VBgov.com for online assistance.

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