City Desk

So Was Anyone Arrested in Washington, D.C. for Illegal Fireworks?

On District listservs, there have been plenty of fireworks over this weekend's illegal fireworks. (Per D.C. law, "Firecrackers or fireworks that explode, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, and artillery shells," are banned.) Frank Fioriti, a resident of Ward 1, for instance, complained that as the nation celebrated victory over the British, his block—Fairmont Street NW—turned terrifying. "After the fireworks on the Mall ended this neighborhood changed into the 'War Zone,'" he writes.

Fioriti says he was having a get-together in his yard , when "suddenly a 'boom' as loud as a cannon went off in front of the alley five doors down from us. It shook the windows and set off car alarms! People actually ducked and hit the dirt!" After the detonation, all hell broke loose: "[T]here were teenagers setting off fireworks, M80's and roman candles that they were aiming at the windows and roof tops of the houses and at the cars driving by. People walking down the sidewalks arriving from the fireworks displays and "get togethers" would walk just past Faircliff East and duck, cover their head with their hands and run down the block... drivers would floor their vehicles to get down the block from Faircliff East..."

Fioriti says though the cops eventually showed, they didn't do much to curb the explosions.

Which, really, wasn't much of a surprise; fireworks were going off all over the city Sunday (and, for that matter, all weekend). Did anyone actually get in trouble this year for possessing contraband that goes boom? Contacting MPD, City Desk learned police issued only 14 citations for illegal fireworks during the whole weekend. In addition, one person, Danielle Adams, was arrested on the 4th for possession of an illegal firework.

But Adams was also charged with possession of cocaine. Local prosecutors have decided not to pursue the possession of illegal firework charge.

So the moral of the story, for next year, appears to be: Blow up whatever you want. Just make sure you ditch your drugs first.

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  • rallycap

    We called 311 just to inquire if MPD was enforcing the law over the weekend. Talked to an officer who denied that firecrackers and aerial fireworks were illegal at all. Super!

  • monkeyrotica

    The question now becomes: should I use the fireworks to destroy the incriminating drug evidence?


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  • Mike O’Meara Fan

    I find it fascinating to read some of these blog comment wars that pop up amongst the thousands of blogs about the local area. Why here? and Why do people pour so much anger and venom into a communicaton that has such limited span?

    Instead, listen to the Mike O'Meara Show Podcast, as I do daily. It will improve your choleric fixation on oters...

  • Fairmont Street Forever

    Frank Floriti is apparently my neighbor; not surprised I've never met him I've lived on Fairmont ST for 15 years. We enjoyed lighting fireworks this year as we have for many before. Frank should move back to Rockville.