MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
For citizens and residents of Prince George's County the purchase and use of "backyard" fireworks for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations may be confusing. It is OK to purchase a Christmas Tree in another jurisdiction and bring home to the County. The same applies for roadside purchases of flowers, fruit, artwork, etc. As County residents travel around the region they will see roadside and parking lot booths set up promoting the sale and use of fireworks in neighboring jurisdictions. Stores sell fireworks also. You may ask whats up??
Prince George's County is one of three jurisdictions in Maryland that prohibit all consumer fireworks. This law is designed to protect you and those around you.
Citizens, businesses and visitors should know that any consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County. All fireworks from sparklers up to ground display are illegal - our law removes any doubt about what is permitted and what is not!!! All consumer fireworks are not permitted in Prince George's County.
Consumer purchased backyard fireworks can cause injuries and damage from fires. Please enjoy your fireworks at one of the many public displays.
Penalties for violation of this law carries up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail. Enjoy Fourth of July safely and legally, attend a public or municipal display.
To demonstrate the power of a seemingly innocent fire cracker I encourage you to watch this video. A small firecracker is inserted into a melon. Imagine you are holding this same firecracker in your hand when it explodes!!!
Don't try this at home. These displays were conducted by members of the Fire/EMS Department Bomb Squad under strict safety guidelines!!!
Facts & Figures from the National Fire Protection Association
Over the past several years, during the July 4th week, there has been two significant injuries, this one in Capitol Heights and this one in District Heights. No significant property damage in Prince George's County were documented from fireworks. Our fireworks law is a law we can live with!!! If you have purchased your own backyard fireworks and were not aware of the County Law, call 301-583-2200 and request a Fire Investigator to come by your residence to confiscate them. You will not be charged with a crime if you use this method of surrendering fireworks.