State Laws & Regulations in Washington D.C.

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 years.

Fire Marshal

D.C. Fire Department

Fire Prevention Division

441 4th Street, NW, Suite 370

Washington, DC 20001


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

American Pyrotechnics Association