June 28, 2021

Public Safety Officials Want to Remind Citizens Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (June 28, 2021) Virginia Beach public safety officials want to keep you, your family, and your pets safe this Fourth of July. Most residents and visitors are unaware of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, the Code of Virginia and City Code Sec. 12-43.2 of Virginia Beach that strictly prohibits fireworks and pyrotechnics within the city limits of Virginia Beach unless approved by the Fire Marshal's Office through the permit application process and compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit. Regardless of where they are purchased, possession or use of fireworks is a violation of the Virginia State Fire Prevention Code. This specifically prohibits firecrackers, sparklers, skyrockets, torpedoes, and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles in the air.

Play it safe and leave fireworks to the professionals. You can enjoy Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks at the two FREE public fireworks shows:

Sunday, July 4 | Mount Trashmore Park | 8 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)

Join us at Mount Trashmore on Sunday, July 4th for an Independence Day celebration complete with food trucks, DJ music, and a beautiful fireworks display. The event begins at 8 p.m. with FREE admission and FREE parking. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 4 | Stars & Stripes Celebration

On the Beach at 17th, 24th & 31st Street Parks | Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Both the Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department will be out enforcing the law regarding fireworks. If you are caught using illegal fireworks you could be cited for a Class 1 misdemeanor and or have your fireworks confiscated.

To report the use of illegal fireworks or for information regarding city services and information, contact VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 or visit www.VBgov.com for online assistance. To report emergencies, continue to call 911.

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