Firework Safety

Fireworks are dangerous and the lighting of fireworks should be left to the experts. We encourage everyone  enjoy the public firework displays at a number of viewing locations in Arlington County.

Remember fireworks with projectiles or sparks greater then 12 feet are prohibited by the Arlington County Fire Prevention Code.

If you plan to use fireworks outside your home, follow these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers are hot enough to cause third degree burns!
  • Only purchase approved, permissible fireworks from a permitted vendor. Virginia 2022 Approved Permissible Consumer Fireworks(PDF, 1MB)
  • Light fireworks away from the home, dry grass, brush or anything else that can burn.
  • Light one device at a time, then back away several feet.
  • If a firework does not go off, never attempt to re-light it. Douse it with water then dispose of it.
  • After igniting  fireworks, cool them completely with water before discarding them to prevent a trash fire.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby.