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Fireworks Safety

FIREWORKS 2020

All Fireworks Are Illegal in the City of Los Angeles

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! If you want to help change the culture of fireworks use in Los Angeles, please take our 2020 Fireworks Survey

MySafe:LA Fireworks Survey 2020.

Personal use of fireworks is not "safe" or "sane."

WATCH OUR NEW 2020 FIREWORKS PSA!

LISTEN TO OUR FIREWORKS PODCAST

This special education podcast features some fascinating and informative interviews with key people involved in the issues related to fireworks. NOTE: If you roll your mouse or move your finger (if using a tablet) over the podcast frame below, you can select some controls to determine how you want to listen, including bringing up every chapter, so you can jump to the section you want to listen to.

 

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT FIREWORKS THIS YEAR?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we interact with others, deal with illness generally, and in most cases, do our best to stay home. However, the recent reduction in restrictions means that people are venturing out again, and there is a pent-up desire to celebrate. The 4th of July is a great opportunity to have fun with family and friends. Don’t put your life or the life of someone you love at risk by using illegal fireworks.

OUR SPANISH-LANGUAGE PODCAST TALKS FIREWORKS DURING COVID=19

 

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HOW TO REPORT PEOPLE USING FIREWORKS:

There are several safe and secure methods for reporting fireworks in Los Angeles. These include:

Use the MyLA311 smartphone app. It’s free and available here: www.lacity.org/MyLA311

The LAPD has an online fireworks form that you may fill out:

The form may be found at: https://complaint.lacity.org/fireworks

IMPORTANT: Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you see someone being injured or at risk of immediate injury, or a fire or other emergency.

Instead, use this telephone number: 1-877-275-5273

TURN IN YOUR FIREWORKS WITHOUT PENALTY:

If you decide that using fireworks you may have in your possession is not a good idea (and it isn’t), you may turn them in to the LAPD without any penalty.

1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)

WHY ARE FIREWORKS IN L.A. ILLEGAL?

We get asked “why” a lot. The primary answer is very important:

Fireworks kill on average 40 people per year. More than 3,000 people are hospitalized.

More than half of those victims are children.

There are many other reasons to avoid the personal use of fireworks, including:

• 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 terrified 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 have a long tradition in many cultures. The world is changing, and there is so much evidence that fireworks end up ruining family events rather than being a source of joy.

STATE LAWS

It’s not just in Los Angeles that fireworks are illegal.
 
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.”

LOCAL LAWS IN LOS ANGELES

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

If you need additional information on fireworks, consider these important sources:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: www.lamayor.org
 
Los Angeles City Fire Department website: www.lafd.org
 
Los Angeles County Fire Department website: www.fire.lacounty.gov
 
Los Angeles Department of Animal Services: www.laanimalservices.com
 
Los Angeles County Animal Care: animalcare.lacounty.gov
 
Los Angeles Police Department: lapdonline.org
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: lasd.org
 
Yahoo News (4th of July Events Still taking place): Yahoo 4th of July Events
 
Thrillist website: www.thrillist.com
 
 
Mommy Poppins website: mommypoppins.com

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

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