Speak Out: Should Fireworks be Banned in Fairfax County?

Some types of fireworks for the Fourth of July are legal in Virginia, but they’ve been banned by certain jurisdictions.

With Fourth of July weekend around the corner, many people will head to their local fireworks stand to purchase fireworks.

But thousands of people are injured nationwide each year due to  improper and illegal use of fireworks, even in Fairfax County. The National Fire Prevention Association reported that 8,800 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in emergency rooms in 2009. A little more than half of injuries reported were burns, and about a quarter of them were contusions and lacerations. The risk of fireworks-related injuries was highest among youth age 10 to 14-years-old. Many of these injuries are serious. Many people have suffered permanent disability due to these injuries.

Most consumer fireworks are not available for sale in Northern Virginia because they are illegal. According to the NFPA, fireworks caused about 18,000 reported fires in 2009, which resulted in about 30 civilian injuries and $38 million in property damage.

The use and sale of certain fireworks is permitted in Fairfax County, but the County Fire Marshal regulates what can be sold or used. The sale of approved fireworks is permitted only by vendors who have an approved Fire Prevention Code Permit from the County Fire Marshal. Fairfax County has compiled an extensive list of permissible items ranging from the “Flash Ray Gun” to “Missile War.” Check out the full list of permissible items here.

Other local jurisdictions have banned fireworks, including the City of Alexandria and the City of Falls Church. Do you think that Fairfax County should follow suit? Weigh in on this issue in the comments section below.
Reston 4 life June 29, 2013 at 03:01 PM
No! Stop micro managing life's. Press charges if it endangers others, otherwise leave people alone to pursue their happiness. Part of The constitution. Remember that document?
Ana Ham June 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM
mccoy swanson June 30, 2013 at 02:17 PM
NO. every year the fourth is when my friends and I go out and buy a BUNCH of firecrackers and then light then and just enjoy life. we life for the fourth. its nothing illegal about fireworks/firecrackers unless they are illegal and or you do something illegal with them.
john June 30, 2013 at 09:29 PM
John Strother July 01, 2013 at 10:57 AM
another freedom that some fool wants to remove from us. They want our guns, they want to forbid us fireworks, they want to tax us to death, make us pay for expensive public transportation. They want revenue from toll roads. What ever happened to living free and being happy?
Keenan Thomas July 01, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Yes! In my neighborhood they will shoot off rockets and fireworks that they purchase at Phantom Fireworks in PA. They will do this all weekend and the fireworks make more noise than the professional fireworks! The noise shakes our house and scares our dogs (two small bred terriers) who we consider our children. We call the police and they can't do anything. We talk to the neighbors lighting the fireworks and they tell us to MYOB and then they vandalize our cars the next night. Maybe if all fireworks were banned, the police could enforce the law and we could enjoy peace and quiet! If you like fireworks go see the real displays put on by professionals!
John Strother July 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Keenan Thomas, those fireworks are illegal in Virginia. Why don't you report them to the police when they start launching those illegal fireworks? Oh you don't want to have your neighbors arrested for illegal activities, then you are at fault along with those folks that like using illegal fire works.
Susan Johnson July 01, 2013 at 06:52 PM
No, Fairfax County should not ban fireworks. Educate people on the proper use. If someone wants to be stupid, that's their problem. We may as well ban motor vehicles because people are injured and sometimes killed in accidents. Same logic.
Eddie Isom July 02, 2013 at 08:16 AM
No, what a silly idea. If you see someone using illegal fireworks, then call the non emergency police line and report it.
Kathleen July 02, 2013 at 09:28 AM
No. Kids get hurt all of the time playing sports but we don't make sports against the law. People on our street go to PA and get fireworks every year, it's once a year and it's a free show for us. They are considerate with the hours, ask us to move our cars off the street and have "designated" lighters who don't drink to light the fireworks.
Magua July 02, 2013 at 10:11 AM
How dare you even suggest taking away my right for 'self-mutilation'. If I choose to blow off all my fingers or both hands and become a burden to society for the rest of my life then that's my business! So God bless America!
Aletha Golas October 04, 2013 at 09:19 AM
No let people have fun..and I dont want to see a kid get hurt ..but if they are around it the parents need to put down their beer and watch them


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