Statewide Fire Prevention Code; State Fire Marshal; consumer fireworks; penalties. (SB980)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


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 bill also creates a 12 percent tax on the purchase of all consumer fireworks to be paid to the locality in which the tax was collected for the support of fire and rescue services. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2018. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100688D
01/03/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/12/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB980)
01/23/2017Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)