Public Safety Agencies Reminds Citizens All Fireworks Are Illegal

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

​Every year adults and children are seriously injured and fires ignited by people setting off fireworks across the city. In a joint effort to promote safety this Fourth of July holiday, the Virginia Beach Fire Marshal’s Office and Virginia Beach Police Department are urging citizens not to use fireworks. 


The Fire Marshal’s Office and the Virginia Beach Police Department will be out enforcing illegal fireworks, on a citywide watch. The focus of these patrols will be to confiscate illegal fireworks and issues summons for illegal fireworks.  Citizens are encouraged to call (757) 385-5000 to report illegal fireworks within their neighborhoods.  The purpose of enforcement is to provide safe communities from illegal fireworks.  There will not be any amnesty check points this year. 


Citizens are reminded that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Virginia Beach including sparklers, which burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.  According to the US Fire Administration’s 2011 US Fireworks Injury Report, there were 9,600 fireworks related injuries in 2011, an alarming 26 percent of these injuries occur in children under the age of 15. 


Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department Reminds Citizens that All Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Virginia Beach.


Illegal fireworks are a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one-year in jail and or a $2,500.00 fine.  Citizens are encouraged to attend fireworks shows at the July 4th Celebration at Mt Trashmore or the Stars & Stripes Explosion at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Residents and visitors attending the Fourth of July fireworks at the Oceanfront can park for free at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) parking lot on 19th Street, only six short blocks from the boardwalk. The fireworks extravaganza, launched from a barge off 20th Street, will begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4.