Where can I find help in determing where fireworks can be stored? Such as what type of structure, distances from other buildings, etc. It is a few boxes, but they are currently being stored by the marketing department in the office building.
Without even looking at any Code, I'd say start by asking your insurance carrier. Can we assume you mean a small quantity of consumer grade fireworks?
Is this in the USA??
There are fire works
and than there are FIRE works
and than there are the big FIRE WORKS
Yes it would help to id what you have
the type you light with a punk
the big stuff that goes in a tube?????
Plus about how much/many are there????
Why are they there to begin with???
If in the USA are they legal to have in your city limits??? Some cities do not allow them.
I am not a fireworks person, but they are large boxes of what I would consider consumer grade. They are all from Phantom Brand, which I think makes consumer grade. This client is a small brewery, and they have about 10 cases of various kinds in the men's restroom!
I think your first step is an anonymous call to the fire marshal, and ask, can i legally have fireworks in the city limits, if you are in city limits or can they be in the county limits??
What state is this in?
VA. Definitely in the county.
Appears this may apply to county areas also
ROANOKE, Va. - If you want to celebrate Independence Day with a bang, before you light that match, make sure you know which fireworks you legally can and can't use in Virginia.
In the Commonwealth, you're allowed to have sparklers, fountains, pharaoh's serpents, pinwheels and whirligigs.
It's illegal to set off or possess firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air or fire projectiles into the air.
"Anything that goes off of the ground and into the air, you cannot sell those," said Robbin Lovelace, who sells fireworks at a TNT Fireworks tent in Roanoke.
Darnell Wood works at the tent, too. He said that even though certain fireworks are prohibited, people still come by looking for them.
"The first thing they ask is they want something with a lot of boom," Wood said. "Well, for a lot of boom, we have things that give boom but they don't go up in the air and explode and you tell them that and they immediately turn around and walk away."
Fireworks of any kind are never allowed on federal land. Even if you buy fireworks in another state and bring them back into Virginia, Roanoke County Fire and Rescue community outreach coordinator Brian Clingenpeel said you're still liable.
"Every year, thousands of people get injured and go to the emergency room related to fireworks injuries," Clingenpeel said. "It's a safety issue is the number one reason that that law is there."
If you're caught owning, selling or using illegal fireworks, it's a Class 1 misdemeanor, and you could face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Even some fireworks that are legal aren't always safe.
"Keep it safe so everyone will have a happy fourth of July," Wood said.
Dang! Certainly don't want to contact the fire marshal. I'll look this sup in VA statutes to present to the client. I assume they will want to rethink this.
From the attorney’s
Which Fireworks Are Legal in Virginia? - Paullin Law Firm
In terms of NFPA standards. All the questions should be answered in the following chapter of the 2018 NFPA 1. Fire Code:
I can not speculate what the local building codes and regulations are.
Free access to the codes: Free access NFPA codes and standards
Fireworks are regulated in Chapter 56 of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. There are “permissible fireworks”, as defined in Section 27-95 of the Code of Virginia, that are exempt some of the regulations. Some counties and cities have banned all fireworks.
If they are do not meet the definition of “permissible fireworks”, they cannot possess or use them unless they are a state certified pyrotecnician. If they are “permissible fireworks”, they may be allowed to have them and use them, depending on what county/city they are in. If they are allowed in the jurisdiction, Section 5609.1 of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code refers you to the 2006 edition of NFPA 1124 for requirements for the “temporary storage of consumer fireworks”.
In general, IF they are allowed to possess them, they should be stored in a controlled and secured area with appropriate fire protection features.
If you are in a locality that has a local fire marshal, contact them. Otherwise, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO).
Thanks, Brian. Seems to be the best option.
No worries. If I can be of further assistance, feel free to reach out. I was the State Fire Marshal there until this past June...
Then I guess you know this topic! Have a great weekend.
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