Rules and Tips for Enjoying Fireworks on the Fourth
Sparklers are legal in Albemarle County, but not in the city of Charlottesville.
Many of us will spend the Fourth of July enjoying some fireworks. Because of that, July 4 has the most reported fires of any day throughout the year.
Whether you're in the city or the county determines if you can have fireworks such as sparklers, but fire officials say many people don't know the difference.
In Albemarle County fireworks such as sparklers, fountains and pinwheels are legal for public use.
That's not the case in the city of Charlottesville where all fireworks are banned.
Fire officials say that causes confusion for people who buy fireworks right over the county line and either don't know it's illegal in the city of Charlottesville or don't know whether they live in the city or county.
"Yes, I think it is confusing when people can see that they can purchase fireworks anywhere in the county, but they're not allowed in the city, so it does create a problem for us and we do end up trying to run around and deal with those issues as we can," said Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner.
In both Charlottesville and Albemarle it's illegal to make, store, sell or ignite any fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally.
Fire officials urge people to avoid the hassle and just go see public firework displays.
If you are going to light your own fireworks, here are some tips from fire officials:
-Only buy fireworks from reliable vendors.
-Always read and follow label directions.
-Use fireworks outdoors only.
-Never give fireworks to small children.
Fire officials respond to illegal use of fireworks around the city each year and they say there have been a number of fires over the past years that have resulted from fireworks.
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