Friday, July 2, 2010

Illegal vs Legal Fireworks

It's that time of year again. Yes, fireworks time. During the Fourth of July, Miss V is so happy that she has a garage. When I first moved here, I made the mistake of leaving my car on the street. The next morning it was covered in fireworks ash. This is also the time of year where illegal fireworks rear their heads. Neighbors it's up to you to be vigilant. Here is some information from the DC Fire/EMS website.

To report the use or sale of illegal fireworks, contact the DC Fire/EMS Department of Fire Prevention Division at (202) 727-1600 or (202) 727-1614.

Legal and Permitted Fireworks
  • Sparklers of 20 inches or less
  • Torches
  • Box Fire
  • Fountains
  • Cones
  • Dip Sticks
  • Non-poisonous Snakes
  • Paper Novelty Items
  • Colored Lights
  • Paper Caps
Illegal Fireworks
  • Any Fireworks that move, explode, emit a spar or flame greater than 12 feet
  • Side mounted fuse or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the product's surface
  • Contain mercury, arsenic, magnesium, phosphorous, or any highly oxidizing agent
In order words, if it sounds like gun shots or bombs and/or it explodes above a second floor window, it's probably illegal.


  1. Why would you post rules for DC issued by the DC Fire/EMS on a site named - the rules on fireworks differ in each jurisdiction in the DC area - each person should check the rules for the locality inwhich they plan to use the fireworks.

  2. Fairfax Village is located in DC. Hence why I published DC rules.