Fireworks Banned in Alexandria

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Fireworks Banned in Alexandria

The Alexandria Fire Department reminds those who visit, live, and work in the City of Alexandria that it is unlawful for any person to store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use or explode any fireworks (including sparklers or novelty items) within the City limits.  The Fire Marshal will, at the owner's expense, seize and take all fireworks found in the City.  The above offenses are Class One misdemeanors in the City of Alexandria and are punishable by a $2,500 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison.  Fireworks violations may be reported to the Alexandria Fire Department or the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444.

Decades of tragic experience have proved that fireworks are too dangerous to be used at home by amateurs.  Improper handling of fireworks and sparklers all too often results in injuries.  More than 9,600 fireworks injuries occur annually.  Of these, 62% of fireworks injuries were burns, while 20% are lacerations. Young people suffer the majority of fireworks injuries, which can result in amputations, severe eye injuries, disfigurement, and even death.

Alexandria residents can enjoy the excitement and beauty of fireworks at City-sponsored events, such as the City Birthday celebration or First Night Alexandria.  Additionally, there are many local displays in surrounding localities throughout the Independence Day holiday weekend.  These programs are presented by trained and licensed professionals working in compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.  For information on City events, call the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities special events line at 703.746.5592 or 703.746.5418.

For more information, contact Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Andrea Buchanan ( or 703.746.4186), or Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Russell Furr ( or 703.746.4247).