Fireworks safety and laws in Hampton Roads

Written by on June 23, 2021


Review the fireworks code in your area:

Chesapeake – It is illegal to possess, manufacture, store, sell, handle or use fireworks in Chesapeake.
Hampton – The City of Hampton Prevention Code bans the use and possession of all fireworks, with the exception of sparklers. Permits are required for public or private display of fireworks or pyrotechnics.
Newport News – It is illegal to possess, display or explode any fireworks without a permit issued by the fire marshal.
Norfolk – It is illegal to possess, or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn in any park, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks or explosives of inflammable material.
Portsmouth – It is illegal to possess, sell, or store fireworks in the City of Portsmouth as described in Sec 13.101 in the City Code. Portsmouth PD and Portsmouth Fire Marshals can enforce a class 1 misdemeanor for the offense.
Suffolk – It is a violation of the City Code to store, to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks. The fire marshal shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed, at the expense of the owner, all stocks of fireworks offered or exposed for display or sale, stored or held in violation of this article.
Virginia Beach – It is illegal to transport, manufacture, assemble, store, sell, offer or display for sale, or to buy, use, possess, ignite or explode any firecracker, torpedo, sky rocket, sparkler, or other substance or device that contains any explosive or flammable compound or substance, and is intended or commonly known as fireworks, and which explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, fires projectiles or discharges sparks into the air. All Fireworks shows requesting to shoot on any public beach within the City of Virginia Beach shall be denied. All proposed beach shows shall be moved to a display barge offshore.


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