Fireworks Regulations Differ in Albemarle, Charlottesville

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Fireworks will likely be part of the celebrations with America’s birthday coming up - but do you know where you can and can't use them in central Virginia?

Charlottesville and Albemarle County have different rules when it comes to lighting fireworks. Even though the localities are right next to each other, all fireworks are illegal in the city of Charlottesville. However, Albemarle County's laws do allow for you buy and light certain products.

In the county, fireworks that do not explode, do not rise into the air, and do not travel across the ground are acceptable - so small items including sparklers and fountains are fine. But according to Charlottesville city code, no one is allowed have, keep, store, use, discharge, manufacture, sell, handle or transport any fireworks.

The fire department says it all comes down to safety.

“We have a densely populated area in the city that there's a lot of houses that are very close, things that could shoot up in the air, could get on roofs, or they could start fires next to structures that could start a structure fire, and also they are very dangerous,” said Chief Rich Jones of the Charlottesville Fire Department.

The Charlottesville Fire Department is encouraging people to go to public firework displays in the area. Those pyrotechnics are allowed with an approved permit.

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