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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

Fireworks Safety

This time of year as the weather gets warmer, the outdoor activities increase. Between Harborfest and The 4th of July, there are no shortages of Oooo’s and Ahhhh’s downtown and around the city.

And while the professionals do a good job of ensuring that everyone enjoys the events and a safe atmosphere, this month’s Downtowner is dedicated to firework safety.

In the City of Norfolk, fireworks are prohibited by City Code 25.2-42 which makes it a Class 1 Misdemeanor to own, possess or set-off any fireworks or any similar type material. Despite what you may have heard, there are NO PERMISSABLE FIREWORKS IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK.

Every year there are unnecessary fires and injuries associated with the use of unregulated fireworks. In the City of Norfolk, if you want to dispose of fireworks you can call the non-emergency number (757) 441- 5610 and we will send someone out to assist you.

I hope that everyone enjoyed Harborfest and has a safe 4th of July. As a side note the Ocean View Fireworks are July 3rd and Town Point Park Fireworks are July 4th. The rain date for both is July 5th. As always keep those tips and suggestions coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and as always, “I look forward to seeing you in the Green Sector Downtown”.

(Editor’s Note -- Eric Flax is retiring from the Norfolk Police Department and this is his last column. Thank you, Eric, for a job well done.)

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