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Personal possession and/or use of fireworks of any type in the City of Los Angeles is illegal. While some cities sell “safe and sane” fireworks, bringing them into Los Angeles and/or distributing them to a minor is equally against the law.
It’s not just in Los Angeles that fireworks are illegal. The laws are specific:
FIREWORKS: Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700 states, “any person who violates any provision of the State Fireworks laws or Regulations is guilty of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not less than $500, but not to exceed $1,000 by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both.”
DANGEROUS FIREWORKS: Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700(B) states, “a person in possession of unaltered dangerous fireworks in violation of the State Fireworks Law is punishable as a misdemeanor or a public offense with fines ranging from $500 to more than $50,000, depending on the gross weight of unaltered dangerous fireworks in possession.”

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:

• Our patriotic veterans may have bad combat-related flashbacks
• Our pets will be terrified, and many run away, often never being reunited with their families
• Older adults will be frightened and not know how to “turn the noise off”
• Babies and small children will be scared and the noise will hurt their ears
• 1,300 homes burn as a result of fireworks (annual average)
• 300 vehicles burn as a result of fireworks (annual average)

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.

Los Angeles City Fire Department website: www.lafd.org
Los Angeles County Fire Department website: www.fire.lacounty.gov
Thrillist website: www.thrillist.com
L.A. Times website: guides.latimes.com
Mommy Poppins website: mommypoppins.com
If you want to advise the Los Angeles Police Department about illegal fireworks, please use this new form. It will bypass the long lists of incidents and be logged into a fireworks specific category.
The form may be found at: https://complaint.lacity.org/fireworks

Or, if you wish to make a phone call, use 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

Please do NOT dial 911 unless you see someone injured, an active fire, or an individual using fireworks at a specific address.
The LAPD will have a difficult time tracking down individuals using illegal fireworks unless they have your name, telephone number, and a specific address to respond to.

When using social media regarding fireworks, use the hash tag #Safe4th


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:

      1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)

      TTY 1-877-275-5273 for the hearing impaired.


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:

You may turn in your fireworks to any Los Angeles City Fire Department station without penalty.

To find your local fire station, visit the lafd.org website and type in your address in the space provided.

Alternatively, you may see a listing of all LAFD stations by visiting this page: https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-results
Don’t risk injury or worse to yourself, your family, or your friends. Consider turning in your fireworks and visit a free professional show instead!

LAFD.org  |  MySafeLA.org


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.

Download our 4th of July flyer.

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