Fireworks Safety Tips and Regulations

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

June 29, 2014

If you have already purchased fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations, you may want to make sure you don't light them up in the wrong place.

Firework regulations vary throughout the state.

In the City of Charlottesville all fireworks are illegal.

That means you can't buy them and you can't light them within city limits.

This also means popular fireworks like glow worms and sparklers can not be used in the city.

Regulations differ slightly for Albemarle County.

Anything sold at a local reliable seller within the county is legal.

Local fireworks vendors say, while lighting fireworks is meant to be fun safety always comes first.

"Always have an adult supervise. Supervision on hand, that's very important. If we have dry conditions it's good to have a bucket of water around as an additional precaution, and stay a good radius away from the actual item," says Dan Simone, owner of Seasons of Change, a fireworks retailer.

Fire officials warn people not to light more than one firework at a time.

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