Here’s what the fireworks laws are on Delmarva
The 4th of July is right around the corner, so you may be thinking about buying some fireworks to celebrate but there are some things you should know first.
In Virginia, things like sparklers and fountains are permitted but firecrackers, torpedoes and other exploding projectile fireworks are not.
As for Delaware, ground-based and hand-held sparklers along with certain other non explosive, non-airborne items can be used on July 4th. Things like firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerials, or any other airborne devices that explode are not allowed.
Finally, in Maryland only gold-labeled sparklers, novelty items and ground based sparkler devices are permitted for use in the State of Maryland, but Ocean City has its own laws.
Ryan Whittington, the Deputy Fire Marshal said, “In Ocean City the only thing that you are permitted to use are handheld sparklers and the tiny snap pops that’s it. No other aerial devices or anything that commits showers.”
This year, the Ocean City Fire Marshal is teaming up with Beach Patrol and the Police Department to deploy special enforcement teams on the beach to reduce the amount of fireworks set off.
People caught with fireworks can be fined up to $1,000.