- Jul 2, 2014
For your Information and Sharing
Before you purchase an expensive haul of fireworks, make sure that you can legally ignite and use them in the District. In general, any firework that explodes is illegal in the city. Any person found using or in the possession of illegal fireworks in the District of Columbia could face fines and penalties of up to $2,000 and/or arrest for further prosecution.
Characteristics of Illegal Fireworks
An illegal firework as defined in Article 27 of the DC Official Code may have any of the following traits:
Any firework that moves
Any firework that explodes
Any firework that emits a spark or flame greater than 12 feet
Any firework that has a side-mounted fuse or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the product’s surface
Any firework that contains mercury (Hg), arsenic (Ar), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (Ph), or any other highly- 0xidizing agent
Any firework that the Fire Marshal considers to be dangerous to the safety of any person or property
See the table above for specific examples of illegal fireworks
Reporting Illegal Fireworks
To report the use or sale of illegal fireworks, contact the DC Fire/EMS Department’s Fire Prevention Division at (202) 727-1600 or (202) 727-1614.
If you are aware of fireworks being set off in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 to have police and fire personnel investigate the situation. Please see the attached brochure that will explain firework safety
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