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Fire Marshal: Leave The Big Booms To Professionals

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Posted: July 3, 2014

Harrisonburg Fire Department Capt. Arthur Miller talks about illegal fireworks and safety for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. He urges people to stay safe and don’t break the law by attending a professional show, rather than shooting off illegal fireworks. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Harrisonburg Fire Department displays some of the illegal fireworks confiscated during last year’s July 4 holiday. HFD Capt. Arthur Miller says the department has a zero-tolerance policy. State law permits ground-based “fountain” fireworks, but all types of fireworks, including sparklers, are banned in Harrisonburg.

HARRISONBURG — Fireworks have been lighting up the skies around the central Shenandoah Valley for the last several days.

While they may be alluring, there’s a problem: In Virginia, any firework...



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