Statewide Fire Prevention Code; changes definition of permissible fireworks. (SB1625)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Statewide Fire Prevention Code; definition of permissible fireworks. Changes the definition of permissible fireworks for purposes of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code to mean any fountains that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than five meters (16.4 feet); wheels that do not emit a flame radius greater than one meter (39 inches); crackling devices and flashers or strobes that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than two meters (78.74 inches); and sparkling devices or other fireworks devices that (i) do not explode or produce a report, (ii) do not travel horizontally or vertically under their own power, (iii) do not emit or function as a projectile, (iv) do not produce a continuous flame longer than 20 inches, (v) are not capable of being reloaded, and (vi) if designed to be ignited by a fuse, have a fuse that is protected to resist side ignition and a burning time of not less than four seconds and not more than eight seconds. Current law defines this category of fireworks in more general terms. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103750D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1625)
01/28/2019Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Committee substitute printed 19105812D-S1
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105812D-S1
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1625S1
01/31/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1625S1)
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/07/2019Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/14/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/14/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
02/14/2019Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read second time
02/19/2019Read third time
02/19/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2019Defeated by House (27-Y 71-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: DEFEATED (27-Y 71-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/19/2019Passed by for the day
02/20/2019Passed by for the day
02/21/2019Read third time
02/21/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/21/2019Passed House with amendment (60-Y 40-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (60-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House amendment agreed to by Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1625ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1625ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 720 (effective 7/1/19)
03/21/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0720)