As COVID-19 restrictions across the region are being lifted, many Fourth of July fireworks displays around Loudoun County are back on the calendar. Loudoun County’s Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) encourages residents to attend professionally coordinated fireworks shows instead of using consumer fireworks on your own. Fireworks cause thousands of serious injuries every year that send adults and children to the emergency room.
If you choose to use fireworks, know the risks, PROCEED WITH CAUTION and follow these safety tips!
DON'T use illegal fireworks! DO use only legal fireworks purchased from a retail stand with a Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office permit. 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 (Class 1 Misdemeanor).
NEVER use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol!
DON'T light fireworks indoors! DO use fireworks a safe distance away from homes, and steer clear of brush, leaves and flammable substances.
NEVER allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and maintain constant adult supervision. DO light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance.
DON'T light fireworks in your hand! DO place fireworks on stable ground, never in a container, and ensure the device will not tip over when firing.
NEVER point or throw fireworks at anyone!
DON'T try to re-light "a dud" or malfunctioning firework! DO soak spent fireworks in water for several hours before discarding into a fire-proof container. Keep the container outside, away from the home. DO keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire.
Remember that fireworks can disrupt those sleeping, scare pets, and can be traumatic for veterans. Be a good neighbor and be considerate of those around you. For a list of upcoming shows, permissible fireworks, and approved retail stands visit Loudoun.gov/fireworks.