Fireworks Safety & Information

As July 4th festivities approach, the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office wants you to begin planning for a safe holiday. In 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks related injuries. Children younger thatn 15 years old accounted for 36 percent of the estimated injuries.* Remember, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
In Loudoun County, consumer fireworks, namely sparklers and ground based fountains, are legal to possess and use on private property. You should only purchase legal consumer fireworks from a local business or roadside stand possessing a fireworks retail permit from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO). These fireworks have been tested to ensure they meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s requirements.  A list of approved fireworks can by viewed on the FMO’s website:  Approved Fireworks
If you choose to use fireworks, PROCEED WITH CAUTION and follow these safety tips!

  • Consumer fireworks, namely sparklers and ground based fountains, are legal to possess and use on private property. You should only purchase legal consumer fireworks from a local business or roadside stand possessing a fireworks retail permit from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. These fireworks have been tested to ensure they meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s requirements.
  • Consumer fireworks that rise into the air, explode, travel laterally on the ground or emit projectiles are illegal to possess or use anywhere in Virginia. Possession and/or use of these materials is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
  • For backyard displays using legal consumer fireworks, wet down the area before use to prevent accidental fires. Ground based fireworks should be placed on open, stable, flat surfaces, keeping onlookers 20 feet. from the display.
  • Adult supervision is critical! Only competent adults should ignite and supervise the use of fireworks. Adults should supervise the use of sparklers as they burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, hot enough to cause severe burns and ignite clothing. Keep children from running while using sparklers.
  • Used fireworks should be placed in a metal container, soaked with water, and allowed to cool overnight in a location that is at least 15 feet. away from any building or structure. Re-check the container in the morning to ensure nothing is smoldering, then properly dispose of the wet materials.
  • Never pick up fireworks that were “duds’ or did not fire, as they may still be active! Wait 20 minutes and treat as spent fireworks, soaking overnight and placing in a metal container with a lid, away from any structure.

*Source: the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report

2020 Public Firework Displays

Below is the list of upcoming professional fireworks shows throughout Loudoun County.  In addition, the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has posted all firework related information at www.loudoun.gov/fireworks.

As reminder, the use of personal fireworks (including sparklers) on public property, e.g. parks is not allowed. Leave your fireworks at home and enjoy the show!

There are no public fireworks displays scheduled at this time.