State Fire Marshal’s Office issues fireworks warning

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this 4th of July.

Many localities prohibit the sale, possession or use of all fireworks and violations can lead to a Class 1 Misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail.

In general, any firework that shoots a projectile, explodes or moves on the ground or in the air is illegal in Virginia.

If planning to use permissible fireworks this year, remember to keep water and a hose handy, soak any used or unused fireworks before discarding, and never point or throw fireworks at anyone.

For a full list of legal fireworks in Virginia, click here.

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VSP’s report on the Independence Day weekend

Virginia State Police (VSP) released their Independence day 2022 weekend activity report by email.

The weekend counting period began Fri. July 1 through Mon. July 4 and included 9 fatalities.

Three of those fatalities were motorcyclists in Virginia.

Two of the 9 fatalities were in Loudoun and Warren Counties.

One fatal accident involved an All Terrain Vehicle the motorcycle fatalities were single vehicle and involved motorcyclist losing control before the accident.

One of those accidents was in Warren County and involved at least one pedestrian.

Where traffic fatalities were down compared to last year’s July 4 holiday the state has already recorded 423 traffic deaths statewide this year.

Virginia Troopers arrested 69 people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Troopers cited over 4200 speeders and almost 1600 reckless drivers.

There were 429 citations for failure to buckle up and over 130 improperly secured children citations.

Troopers cited 165 drivers for hands free violations.

Troopers were able to assist almost 1,000 motorists statewide.

As we are only half way through the year VSP Superintendent Colonel Gary T. Settle urges drivers to keep their guard up when it comes to traffic safety.

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Middletown sees biggest July 4 yet

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With over 250 parade entries and an estimated 5,000 plus people to enjoy the festivities Middletown held one of the biggest July 4 celebrations yet.

Mayor Harbaugh called it the most attended festival since his involvement with it in Middletown.

The celebration commemorated not just America’s 245 birthday but the 225 anniversary of Middletown itself.

The town celebrated all day Sunday with Washington Football team members, beauty queens, bands, tournaments, hot air balloon rides and fireworks.

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VDFP obligatory fireworks warning for Independence Weekend

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The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) reminds Virginians that this year’s July 4 celebrations will include pre-pandemic vigor.

With that excitement a reminder to be responsible with your activities and that some fireworks are illegal in Virginia.

Fireworks that explode or move on the ground or shoot into the air or shoot projectiles are illegal in Virginia.

Fire officials recommend leaving the fireworks displays to the professionals.

Click here for a list of fireworks displays that are happening in our area.

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News Maker Tony Baker on Sherando Park’s Jul. 4

Sherando Park Stephens City will host an Independence Day celebration on Sun. Jul. 4.

Music and food trucks will be available after 5 with fireworks at dusk.

Where it is not the celebration that has been at Sherando Park in the past it is the first one they have been able to hold in two years.

We spoke with Frederick County Parks and Recreation (FCPR) Marketing Manager Tony Baker about the event.

Tony tells us about some of the activities as well as possible future celebrations for the Jul. 4.

Here is Tony’s interview.

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News Maker Winchester Mayor Smith on COVID recovery

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Winchester Mayor John David Smith praises the Citizens of Winchester for their poise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Smith was grateful for the City’s response to the COVID-19 and talks about the future of events in the city.

The Mayor was optimistic about the recovery effort but stopped short of a full recovery before summer’s end.

His optimism for recovery looks toward fall as a time that Winchester will be in a better place.

However he did say that there has been talk of an Independence Day celebration.

Most of the events will hinge on the governor’s further relaxation of restrictions.

Here is the Mayor’s interview.

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