Washington D.C. State Fireworks Laws


Specifically permitted Toy paper caps containing not more than 0.25
grain of explosive composition per cap,
sparklers less than 20”in length, torches, box
fire, fountains, cones, dip sticks, non-poisonous
snakes, novelties, and colored lights.
Specifically prohibited Firecrackers of any kind of description. Any
fireworks that explode, (cherry bombs, salutes,
roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells,) or
intended to move after the piece is placed and
fires (bottle rockets, parachutes, buzz bombs,
pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks.)
Sparklers more than 20” in length that contain
dangerous chemicals, or any highly oxidizing
agent. Fireworks having a side fuse, or a fuse
inserted at any point along the length of the
firework, and any firework found by the Fire
Chief to be dangerous to the safety of any
person or property.

Display permit

Must be approved by the Fire Chief, Director of
the Office of Emergency Preparedness,
Corporation Counsel, and Director of Consumer
and Regulatory Affairs.
Insurance Required: $1,000,000 Min. to $3,000,000 Max.
Operator License specifically required in city law.
MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION Apply to Metropolitan Police Department for
transportation of 1.3g fireworks. Manufacture
and storage of banned fireworks prohibited.
LICENSING Apply to Department of Consumer and
Regulatory Affairs for wholesaler or retail
license. Minimum age for wholesale license 21


Fire Marshal
D.C. Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 370
Washington, DC 20001


Title 12, Section 12H, Chapter 33H. IFC 2006

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