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Fireworks illegal in James City County

June 20, 2011

Contact:    Renee Dallman, Communications Specialist
Phone: 757-253-6864


In James City County, the use, possession, display, sale or storage of fireworks is illegal. This includes fireworks that were legally purchased elsewhere. Violators may be jailed up to twelve months and/or fined up to $2,500.

County residents who have purchased or are in possession of fireworks are encouraged to turn them in at any County Fire Station or call the Fire Marshal’s office at 757-220-0626 for assistance. Individuals voluntarily surrendering fireworks will not be criminally charged.

Fireworks displays conducted with a permit issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office are exempt.

Each July 4, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks across the United States according to the National Fire Protection Association. The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for children ages 10-14 as for the general population. Sparklers, fountains and novelties account for 36 percent of these injuries. 

For more information or education about fireworks and/or fire safety, visit



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