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) 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 at 703.746.5227 or the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444.
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. Some interesting statistics:
- In 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks-related injuries. (Source: CPSC’s NEISS)
- Half (52%) of the 2010 fireworks injuries were burns, while one-fifth (21%) were contusions and lacerations.
- Two of five (39%) people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
- Males accounted for 65% of the injuries.
- The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14 with more than twice the risk for the general population.
- Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for 43% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2010.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public displays. Alexandrians can enjoy the excitement and beauty of fireworks at City-sponsored events. These programs are presented by professionals working in compliance with City codes and ordinances. For information on these events, call the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities special events line at 703.746.5592 or 703.746.5418.