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19364Fireworks Safety

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  • Vaughn-Lee, Fayette (MPD)
    Jul 2, 2014

    5D Community,

    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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