We get asked “why” a lot. The answer is very important:
Fireworks kill on average 40 people per year. More than 3,000 people are hospitalized.
More than half of those people are children.
There are other reasons to leave fireworks to the professionals as well:
Fireworks professionals are trained in the use of explosives and are licensed. Their shows typically have emergency first responders on hand in the event of an accident. You and your family will be able to enjoy the fireworks show, but still be a safe distance from the explosions that light up the sky.
There’s no reason not to enjoy fireworks – just leave them to the professionals! Check out our interactive map (above) to find a show near you.
From our friends at the Los Angeles Police Department:
All fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles, SEC. 57.55.01(A) Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC). It shall be unlawful for any person to use, give, possess, sell or discharge any fireworks. Fireworks are considered explosive devices, and they are extremely dangerous. Every year numerous children and adults are injured or burned as a result of playing with fireworks.
“Safe and Sane” fireworks have the State Fire Marshal’s seal stamped on the packaging. This seal indicates that the explosive substances contained in the firework have been tested and meet specific safety and performance requirements, but nevertheless are illegal in the City of Los Angeles.
If you have questions about enforcement or other fireworks issues, you may contact the Los Angeles Police Department by calling the following number, toll free:
If you or members of your family have fireworks in your possession, note that you have an option to properly dispose of them. If our message about fireworks safety has helped you to understand the real danger that illegal fireworks pose to our community, consider this:
To find your local fire station, visit the lafd.org website and type in your address in the space provided.
During the months of May and June, MySafe:LA public safety officials visit elementary schools across Los Angeles, teaching 4th and 5th grade students about fireworks safety, the value of professional shows, and what to do if someone sets off fireworks nearby (hint: call the authorities).
We also conduct research into the use of fireworks and gather public opinion related to the use of fireworks. Our first survey was conducted during the summer of 2017.
Our new survey results will be shared with the public in late August 2019.
For the first time this century, a citywide collaboration exists to educate, enforce, and change the culture about fireworks. MySafe:LA is partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles City Attorney, and other entities to help make people aware of the extreme risk they create for themselves and others should they use fireworks of any kind within the city limits (the risk exists wherever fireworks are used).
So, join the team. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Be safe this 4th of July and all summer long.