MCFRS Reminder: All Fireworks Are Illegal In MoCo

This is illegal in Montgomery County, Flickr photo by HootmenMontgomery County Fire and Rescue officials want to make sure you know: All fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County, unless you happen to be running a pre-approved public fireworks display.

MCFRS will continue a zero tolerance policy on fireworks this July 4 week. Penalties for possessing or setting off fireworks, including gold label sparklers, could earn you a fine of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail.

Private displays are also illegal. The county simply won’t issue permits. You’ll have to head to one of a number of public celebrations in the area.

We’re told Columbia Country Club’s July 2 fireworks display and July 3 rain date have both been cancelled because of all the recent rain that has hit the grounds.

More from MCFRS:

What fireworks are legal?

In Montgomery County, ALL fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge including gold label sparklers. Snap-and-pop noise makers, snakes and party poppers are the only exception to this law.

Can I receive fireworks at my home through the mail?

No. Use of the mail for the transportation of fireworks for use in the State of Maryland is illegal.

Can I have a private fireworks display at my residence with proper permits?

No. You can not have a private display; however, you can apply to have a public display with proper permits and insurance.

Can I receive fireworks at my residence delivered by a public carrier?

No. It doesn’t matter where the fireworks are purchased or how they are brought into Maryland.  Fireworks are still illegal in Montgomery County.

Where do I report violations involving fireworks?

Residents should call 301-279-8000. Do NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help. Non-emergency 911 calls can delay getting assistance to people with actual emergencies.

Flickr photo by Hootmen


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