If you’re celebrating Independence Day, a backyard barbecue or other family occasion, it is important to understand the laws regulating fireworks use in the District of Columbia. Use the chart below to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in DC.
Firecrackers of any kind or description
Any firework that explodes, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells
Sparklers more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
Any firework that contains mercury, arsenic, tetryl, phosporous, sulphocyanide, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate of potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent
Any firework having a side fuse, or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework
Any firework found by the code official to be dangerous to the safety of persons or property
- Any firework specifically excepted in this article
- Toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths (0.25) of a grain of explosive composition per cap
- Sparklers not more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
- Torches, cones
- Box fires, fountains
- Dip-sticks, non-poisonous snakes
- Paper novelty items, colored lights
* Prohibited Fireworks
(Article 27, DC Register, F-2700.1.1): The manufacture, storage, display, sale, setting off, or discharge of any firework listed in this column is prohibited in the District of Columbia.
+ Permitted Fireworks
(Article 27, District of Columbia Register, F-2700.1.2): The fireworks in this column are permitted to be stored, displayed, sold, delivered, used, and possessed in accordance with the provisions of this article.
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(Fireworks Safety Information provided by Metropolitan Police Department)