While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of July 4th celebrations, they are a danger to users, pets, and the environment. In many areas of Virginia, fireworks could become a cause of wildfires.
Fireworks that have finished burning are still extremely hot, and they can
smolder in dry grass or leaves before a fire ignites. One spark is all it would
take for a wildfire to start.
Keep a bucket of water; wet towel, and a fully-charged garden hose nearby.
Children and pets should also be kept a safe distance away from igniting and
Many types of fireworks (including firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets,
skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise
into the air, or fire projectiles into the air) are illegal in Virginia unless
you are a licensed contractor. A good alternative to personal fireworks are the
community displays. Check your local news source for information on times and
locations, or go online.