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Goodbye Fourth of July

July 5, 2013
One of the many, and I do mean many, area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July Celebrations.

One of the many, and I do mean many, area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July Celebrations.

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. Whether you spent it at the old Soldiers’ Home, down on the National Mall, or just in the neighborhood with family and friends, I’m sure you have a night full of fireworks.

In walking around the community today, I saw many examples of private fireworks displays in the form of overflowing trashcans.

I also found the following video of the Mall celebration from YouTube user iamgoddard for those that celebrated elsewhere.

Where to Purchase Fireworks in the District of Columbia – 2013

July 2, 2013

I found DCRA’s Interactive map of fireworks sales locations licensed and permitted for the 2013 fireworks sales season of interest and have included it below. Once you have navigated to the map, click on an icon (orange circle) to see the address and licensee.

Click on map for interative version.

Click on map for interative version.

Fireworks Facts and Safety Tips

June 30, 2011

One of many city trash cans filled to the brim after last year's 4th of July

MPD reminds residents that before they purchase an expensive haul of fireworks, make sure that you can legally ignite and use them in the District. In general, any firework that explodes is illegal in the city. Any person found using or in the possession of illegal fireworks in D.C. could face fines and penalties of up to $2,000 and/or arrest for further prosecution.

The types of fireworks that cause the most injuries include firecrackers, sparklers, and rockets. Sparklers were associated with over half of the estimated injuries among children under 5 years. Children 14 years and younger sustain about 45% of firework related injuries each year.
Characteristics of Illegal Fireworks

An illegal firework as defined in Article 27 of the D.C.
Official Code may have any of the following traits:

  1. Any firework that moves;
  2. Any firework that explodes;
  3. Any firework that emits a spark or flame greater than 12 feet;
  4. Any firework that has a side-mounted fuse or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the product’s surface;
  5. Any firework that contains mercury (Hg), arsenic (Ar), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (Ph), or any other highly-oxidizing agent;
  6. Any firework that the Fire Marshal considers to be dangerous to the safety of any person or property;

For more information visit the MPD website or click on the image below.

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