Alexandria Fire Department Issues Reminder that Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal

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Alexandria Fire Department Issues Reminder that Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2018
The Alexandria Fire Department reminds those who visit, live in or work in Alexandria that it is dangerous and illegal to store, sell, or use any fireworks – including sparklers.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people (26 percent of them younger than 15), are injured while using consumer fireworks every Fourth of July. Data show that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.

“Sparklers alone account for more than 25 percent of firework-related emergency room visits,” said Fire Chief Robert Dubé. “Fireworks should only be handled by trained and licensed professionals working in compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.”
Alexandria residents can enjoy the excitement and beauty of fireworks at City-sponsored events, such as the City Birthday celebration or First Night Alexandria. Additionally, there are many local displays in surrounding localities throughout the Independence Day holiday weekend. For information on City events, call 703.746.5592 or 703.746.5418.

Any unauthorized fireworks found in Alexandria will be seized by the Fire Marshal at the owner’s expense. Fireworks violations are Class 1 misdemeanors and may be punishable by a $2,500 fine, 12 months in jail, or both. Fireworks violations may be reported 24 hours a day by calling 703.746.4444. For immediate police, fire, or emergency medical assistance, call 9-1-1.

For media inquiries, contact Melissa Riddy, Senior Communications Officer, at or 703.746.3961.

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