Loudoun County Lists Public Fireworks Displays, Urges Caution Celebrating Fourth of July

Loudoun County Lists Public Fireworks Displays, Urges Caution Celebrating Fourth of July

2018 Public Firework Displays
(As supplied by Loudoun County)
July 3
10 p.m. – South Riding Golf, 43227 Golf View Drive, Chantilly
9:30 p.m. – Lovettsville Rec Center, 57 East Broad Way, Lovettsville
9:30 p.m. – Waterford, Water Street Meadow, Waterford
July 4
9:30 p.m. – Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Drive,  Leesburg
9:30 p.m. – Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville
9:20 p.m. – Middleburg, 300 West Washington Street, Middleburg
July 5
9:30 p.m. – Ashburn Village @ 20585 Ashburn Village Blvd, Ashburn

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents to use common sense and extreme caution during the Fourth of July holiday period.

In 2015, hospital emergency rooms in the United States treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks-related injuries.

Children 15 and younger accounted for more than one-quarter of those injuries.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

As reminder, the use of personal fireworks (including sparklers) is illegal on public property — including parks. Enjoy the show, but leave your fireworks at home and leave it to the professionals.

If you choose to use fireworks, use and follow these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  •  In Loudoun County, consumer fireworks, namely sparklers and ground based fountains, are legal to possess and use on private property. You should only purchase legal consumer fireworks from a local business or roadside stand possessing a fireworks retail permit from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. These fireworks have been tested to ensure they meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s requirements. A comprehensive list of legal consumer fireworks and permitted retail sale locations is available at loudoun.gov/fireworks.
  • 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. Possession and/or use of these materials is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
  • For backyard displays using legal consumer fireworks, wet down the area before use to prevent accidental fires. Ground based fireworks should be placed on open, stable, flat surfaces, keeping onlookers 20 ft. from the display.
  • Sober, adult supervision is critical. Only competent adults should ignite and supervise the use of fireworks. Adults should supervise the use of sparklers as they burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, hot enough to cause severe burns and ignite clothing. Keep children from running while using sparklers.
  • Used fireworks should be placed in a metal container, soaked with water, and allowed to cool overnight in a location that is at least 15 feet from any building or structure. Re-check the container in the morning to ensure nothing is smoldering, then properly dispose of the wet materials.
  • Never pick up fireworks that were “duds’ or did not fire, as they may still be active. Wait 20 minutes and treat as spent fireworks, soaking overnight and placing in a metal container with a lid, away from any structure.

 

Joseph Dill
ADMINISTRATOR
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