Re: [MPD-5D] The Fire Department is responsible for fireworks in the District of Columbia
- Commander Groomes (of 1D) responded to a similar question on the 1D
listserv in July. She stated that the entire first district "did not
have a report of injury due to fireworks during the night" of the
fourth of July. In addition, she stated that "many citizens are still
under the impression that what [illegal fireworks] they possessed are
Instead of creating more legislation, the city should work on
increased enforcement and public outreach to ensure that citizens are
aware of current law (as, apparently, some violators are ignorant of
the current law). Even those who are most adament about banning *all*
fireworks (including sparklers), may not understand that the very loud
and/or "dangerous" fireworks are already illegal. Currently, those
who use illegal fireworks-- according to DCFD's website-- can face a
fine of up to $1000 and/or arrest.
Below is a list of fireworks that are illegalunder *existing* law.
After reading it, I honestly don't feel that creating more legislation
is the best and more efficient solution. The "problem" isn't all
fireworks; the problem is that some persons are using illegal
fireworks and eith are ignorant of the law or the law isn't enforced.
List of CURRENTLY ILLEGAL fireworks from
Illegal Fireworks Characteristics
-Any fireworks that move.
-Any fireworks that explode.
-Any fireworks that emit a spark or flame greater than 12 inches.
-Any fireworks that have a side mounted fuse or a fuse inserted at any
point along the length of the
-Any fireworks that contain mercury, arsenic, magnesium, phosphorus,
or any other highly oxidizing agent.
-Any fireworks that the Fire Marshal considers to be dangerous to the
safety of any person or property.
Examples of Illegal Fireworks
-Sparklers greater than 20 inches long
-Anything that is similar to these products.
On 8/30/07, Vaughn-Lee, Fayette (MPD) <Fayette.Vaughn-Lee@...> wrote:
> The Fire Marshall's Office is responsible for fireworks in the District
> of Columbia and has the information concerning fires/injuries/citations
> for July 4; requests are researched and may take up to 10 days to gather
> the information. Contact the Fire Marshall 441 4th Street NW,
> Washington, DC 20001 (202) 727-1600 or email the Fire Marshall at
> Fayette Vaughn-Lee
> 5D Community Outreach Coordinator
> 202 698-0188
> From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
> Of Kris Hammond
> Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:47 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: Tom Usselman; John Salatti ANC5C04
> Subject: [MPD-5D] Re: [Eckington] Fireworks Ban in DC -- statistics
> I appreciate the legislative update from Kathy.
> Does MPD have statistics concerning the following: (a) the
> number of firework-related injuries on July 4, 2007, (b) the
> number of house or car fires attributable to fireworks on July
> 4, 2007, (b) the number of citations given on July 4, 2007,
> pursuant to current law that already bans the most popular
> Kris Hammond
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