Statewide Fire Prevention Code; authorizes use of consumer fireworks in Commonwealth. (SB1158)

Introduced By

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Statewide Fire Prevention Code; State Fire Marshal; consumer fireworks; penalties. Authorizes the use of consumer fireworks in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "consumer fireworks" as small fireworks devices (i) containing restricted amounts of pyrotechnic composition designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion and (ii) complying with certain federal regulations regarding composition and labeling. The bill provides that the storage and transportation of consumer fireworks are to be considered the same hazard class as 1.4G explosives under the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) and Uniform Statewide Building Code. In addition, the bill excludes from the provisions of the SFPC the use of consumer fireworks on residential or agricultural property with the consent of the owner of such property or when the fireworks are being transported from a locality where they were legally obtained to a locality where they are legally permitted. Current law only excludes the use of permissive fireworks on private property. The provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103254D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1158)
02/02/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (9-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Floor substitute printed 15104757D-S1 (Garrett)
02/05/2015Read second time
02/05/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/05/2015Committee amendments rejected
02/05/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2015Substitute by Senator Garrett agreed to 15104757D-S1
02/05/2015Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1158S1
02/06/2015Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Placed on Calendar
02/10/2015Read first time
02/10/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1158S1)
02/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1158S1)
02/17/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/24/2015Left in General Laws


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.