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VERIFY: Are fireworks illegal in the DMV?

Our Verify team has the firework facts to keep you safe and fine-free.

QUESTION:

Are fireworks illegal in the DMV?

ANSWER:

Yes, handheld sparklers are allowed in some areas, like Loudoun, Arlington, Fairfax and the District.

SOURCES:

Arlington Fire Department

Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office

City of Alexandria

Metropolitan Police Department

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

Fire/ EMS Department

Loudoun County

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

PROCESS:

Preparations are underway for the biggest holiday in the Nation's Capital.

People are getting hyped for the fourth with cookouts and, of course, fireworks. But since the D.C. area is one of the most heavily restricted places for security, are fireworks legal in the DMV?

Our Verify team has the firework facts to keep you safe and fine-free.

VIRGINIA

  • Alexandria
    • Fireworks banned and are punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to 12 months in prison.
  • Arlington
    • Fireworks that go up high in the sky are illegal, ones that reach the max high of 12 ft. are okay.
    • Illegal fireworks hold a maximum fine of $2,500
    • Sparklers are allowed.
  • Fairfax
    • Fireworks that go up high in the sky are illegal, ones that reach the max high of 12 ft. are okay.
    • Sparklers are allowed.
  • Loudoun
    • Fireworks that rise into the air and explode are illegal
    • Sparklers and ground-based fountains are okay

MARYLAND

  • Montgomery
    • Both fireworks and sparklers are banned and carry a $500 fine
    • Selling fireworks is illegal and carries a $1000 fine
  • Prince George's
    • Both fireworks and sparklers are banned
    • Violation of this law carries up $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • No fireworks, firecrackers or explosives like cherry bombs or Roman candles
  • Sparklers are permitted up to 20 inches in length

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