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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.4186), or Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Russell Furr (email@example.com or 703.746.4247).