Statewide Fire Prevention Code; authorizes use of consumer fireworks, penalties. (SB208)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Garrett (R-Louisa) with support from co-patron Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


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 and distinguishes by definition consumer fireworks from display fireworks and permissible fireworks. 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 also provides that the storage and transportation of consumer fireworks are to be considered the same hazard class as the storage and transportation of 1.4G explosives under the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) and Uniform Statewide Building Code. The bill excludes from the provisions of the SFPC, unless prohibited by a local ordinance, (a) the sale of permissible or consumer fireworks, (b) any person using, igniting, or exploding permissible or consumer fireworks on residential or agricultural property with the consent of the owner of such property, or (c) such permissible or consumer fireworks when they are being transported from a locality where they were legally obtained to a locality where they are legally permitted. Current law only excludes sale of permissible fireworks or the use of such fireworks on private property. The provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of January 1, 2017. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100528D
01/05/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB208)
01/18/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology (8-Y 5-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/19/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB208)
01/20/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Passed by for the day
01/25/2016Passed by for the day
01/26/2016Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2016Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/27/2016Rereferred to Finance
02/11/2016Fiscal impact review from JLARC (SB208)
02/12/2016Fiscal impact review from JLARC (SB208)
02/17/2016Left in Finance

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1368.