“Illegal fireworks pose a major danger to Californian’s safety,” said Acting State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. “We will not tolerate the use or sale of illegal fireworks here in California.”
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other miscellaneous types that explode, go up in the air, or move about the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. Those convicted could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year.
“If fireworks are used illegally or in an unsafe manner they pose a very serious threat to our communities," said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. "The results can be devastating and take critical resources away from other emergencies."
In 286 communities in the state, “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted. However, State fire officials want to remind those who choose to purchase legal fireworks this year to make sure they purchase only those with the “Safe and Sane” State Fire Marshal seal they are only used in the community where they are purchased. It is illegal to sell, transport, posses, or use any fireworks in areas where they are not allowed. Even “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be dangerous if used unsafely.
- Residents and visitors should practice caution and safety with the following:
- Check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use
- Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “safe and sane” seal
- Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell
- Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site
- Read all instructions before use
- Dispose of used fireworks in water
- Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks
- Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush.
For more information about safe fireworks use, visit the CAL FIRE Web site at www.fire.ca.gov
(916) 651-FIRE (3473)