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You Know July 4th is Near When the Fireworks Stands Arrive

June 29, 2017

The fireworks stand by the former Sweet Mango Cafe was put up a couple of days ago and is open for business. A sure sign that the Fourth of July is near. In years past the neighborhood fireworks celebrations have often rivaled the fireworks on the Mall just because there were so many displays throughout the community.

Remember to Enjoy Fireworks Safely This Fourth!

June 30, 2016
One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

With the Fourth of July upon us, remember that fireworks are not only fun, but need to be handled responsibly. Below are some safety tips from MPD (and you can download their flyer here).

Fireworks Safety

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day or the New Year, a backyard barbecue or other family occasion, it is important to understand the laws regulating fireworks use in the District of Columbia. Use the chart below to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in DC.


Article 27, DC Register, F-2700.1.1: The manufacture, storage, display, sale, setting off, or discharge of any firework listed below is prohibited in the District of Columbia.

  • Firecrackers of any kind or description
  • Any firework that explodes, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells
  • Any firework intended to move after the piece is placed and fired; such as bottle rockets, parachutes, buzzbombs, pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks
  • Sparklers more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Any firework that contains mercury, arsenic, tetryl, phosporous, sulphocyanide, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate of potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent
  • Any firework having a side fuse, or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework
  • Any firework found by the code official to be dangerous to the safety of persons or property


Article 27, District of Columbia Register, F-2700.1.2): The fireworks listed below are permitted to be stored, displayed, sold, delivered, used, and possessed in accordance with the provisions of this article.

  • Any firework specifically excepted in this article
  • Toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths (0.25) of a grain of explosive composition per cap
  • Sparklers not more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Torches, cones
  • Box fires, fountains
  • Dip-sticks, non-poisonous snakes
  • Paper novelty items, colored lights

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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