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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Storage of Pyrotechnic Special Effects Materials

Permit Holder Guideline #15C

PERMIT TITLE: Storage of Pyrotechnic Special Effects Materials

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3301.2

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required to display fireworks, including proximate audience displays and pyrotechnic special effects in motion picture, television, theatrical and group entertainment productions.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: During the times of the event only (operational).

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  • Permit holder shall comply with all Federal, State and City of Richmond guidelines for handling, storage and use of pyrotechnic special effects materials.
  • The Fire Marshal's office shall be furnished with a certificate of insurance, with a face value of a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) showing the City of Richmond as "additional insured" and the Fire Marshal, 201 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA, as the certificate holder. The insurance shall cover pyrotechnic operations and the insurance company shall be licensed to do business in the State of Virginia.
  • All handling and storage pyrotechnic special effects materials shall comply with National Fire Protection Association Standards 1123, 1124 and 1126.
  • All pyrotechnic special effects materials shall be in properly labeled containers to include Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each device.
  • Persons in charge of pyrotechnics special effects operations shall be 21 years old, shall demonstrate knowledge of all safety precautions related to the handling, storage or use of pyrotechnic special effects materials and devices.
  • All pyrotechnic special effects materials and devices shall be stored in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Department of the Treasury---Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • No smoking, matches, open flame or spark-producing devices shall be permitted within 50 feet of a pyrotechnic magazine.
  • Combustible materials shall not be stored within 50 feet (15m) of a magazine.
  • Secure storage of more than 5 pounds of low explosive fireworks contents, pyrotechnic, or similar materials in magazine monitored (by automated system or staff with police powers) to promptly alert city Emergency Communications upon unauthorized opening.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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