Fireworks in California: What You Need to Know for a Safe July 4th

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Fireworks in California: What You Need to Know for a Safe July 4th

It should come as no surprise that thousands of injuries and accidents occur every year on the Fourth of July. According to the Los Angeles Times, July 4th is America’s deadliest holiday, with an estimated death toll of nearly 400 fatalities in 2014 alone. Mishaps involving fireworks are common on the Fourth, but they can be prevented with common sense, and knowing firework safety and laws regarding their purchase and use.

If you would like to avoid tragedy this Fourth of July and ensure it is safe and fun for everyone, follow our safety tips and understand the law in regards to where and how fireworks can be used.

Where are Fireworks Legal in Southern California?

You may be surprised to learn that the majority of cities in major counties in southern California ban all types of fireworks including “safe and sane” fireworks. There are 39 cities in Los Angeles County that permit safe-and-sane fireworks, and 49 cities that ban them. Major cities like Los Angeles and San Diego ban all types of fireworks.

Here are the counties in SoCal where certain, state-approved fireworks are legal. If your city is not on the list, you cannot buy or use any type of firework on public or private property.

Imperial County

  • Brawley
  • Calexico
  • Calipatria
  • Westmorland
  • Winterhaven

Los Angeles County

  • Alhambra
  • Artesia
  • Azusa
  • Baldwin Park
  • Bell
  • Bell Gardens
  • Bellflower
  • Carson
  • Commerce
  • Compton
  • Cudahy
  • Downey
  • Duarte
  • El Monte
  • Gardena
  • Hawaiian Gardens
  • Hawthorne
  • Huntington Park
  • Industry
  • Inglewood
  • Irwindale
  • La Mirada
  • La Puente
  • Lakewood
  • Lawndale
  • Lynwood
  • Maywood
  • Montebello
  • Monterey Park
  • Norwalk
  • Palmdale
  • Paramount
  • Pico Rivera
  • Rosemead
  • Santa Fe Springs
  • South El Monte
  • South Gate
  • Temple City
  • Vernon

Orange County

  • Buena Park
  • Costa Mesa
  • Fullerton
  • Garden Grove
  • Santa Ana
  • Stanton
  • Villa Park
  • Westminster
  • Riverside County
  • Blythe
  • Cathedral City
  • Coachella
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • Indio

San Bernardino County

  • Adelanto
  • Barstow
  • Chino
  • Colton
  • Fontana
  • Grand Terrace
  • Rialto
  • San Bernardino

Ventura County

  • Fillmore

What are “Safe and Sane” Fireworks?

“Safe and sane” fireworks refer to fireworks that do not fly or explode. Qualifying fireworks will display the safe and sane logo on the packaging when they will be available for purchase starting noon on June 28th through noon on July 6th unless a local ordinance is adopted and limits these dates.

What Kinds of Fireworks Are Illegal?

All illegal fireworks that aren’t allowed in any city include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, and other types that explode, shoot into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

What Happens if I Purchase Illegal Fireworks or Use Them in a City Where They’re Illegal?

The state of California issues a zero tolerance for illegal firework use. It is illegal to buy or sell, transport, or use illegal fireworks that don’t have the “safe and sane” logo, or to use them in a city that does not allow any type of firework use. If you are found breaking either of these laws, you can be fined to up to $50,000 and be required to spend up to one year in jail.

How Can I Prevent Accidents and Have a Safe Fourth of July?

To prevent injuries and fires from fireworks this Fourth of July, make sure that fireworks are allowed in your specific area; make sure the fireworks have the “safe and sane” logo; buy from only legitimate companies; have a bucket of water nearby to stop fires; read firework instructions before using; dispose of fireworks in water; do not alter fireworks; make sure there are no flammable materials near fireworks; never allow children to use fireworks; use fireworks outdoors only; light fireworks at a safe distance from people; never point or throw fireworks at others; never re-light fireworks; do not wear loose clothing when lighting fireworks, and never carry fireworks in your pocket.

We hope everyone in southern California has a fun and safe Fourth of July this year by following our firework safety guidelines. We know you will be careful not to break any laws this holiday, but mistakes do happen. If a loved one gets into trouble with the law this July 4th, don’t hesitate to contact us and learn how we can get your loved one out of jail with a bail bond.