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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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:
TTY 1-877-275-5273 for the hearing impaired.
If you need additional information on fireworks, consider these important sources:
When using social media regarding fireworks, use the hash tag #Safe4th