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Think of Your Neighbors

Let your voice be heard!

Change the culture of fireworks in L.A.

Do you have an opinion about the use of illegal fireworks in Los Angeles? Have you seen fireworks being used? Do you have pets? Are you a veteran? A homeowner?

The best way to create change is to share real and authentic opinions and experiences. With good data, change is possible.

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Enforcement won't work unless you offer specific details

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

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Which fireworks are illegal?

All Fireworks In Los Angeles Are Illegal

We get asked “why” a lot. The popular impression is that fireworks are no big deal. Unfortunately, even looking back over the past 10 years, fireworks cause a lot of misery.

Here’s a peek at what we’re talking about:

Here’s a closer look at some of the important statistics about fireworks:

Get your fireworks sign

A proven method of deterring some people who use fireworks is to post a yard sign on your front lawn or side yard. Try to make the sign visible from the street. If you have neighbors that are also opposed to the use of illegal fireworks, promote the idea of everyone having a sign. Download the sign materials – they’re FREE – and then have FedEx Office make the yard sign for you. It’s inexpensive and can be very effective.

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The key is to get dangerous fireworks off of our streets

Think About Your Neighbors

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, and on other holidays. The best way to do this is to attend a professional, public show.

Not only is igniting fireworks dangerous, it ignores the people who live in your neighborhood. We believe it’s essential to think about your neighbors and here’s a few reasons why:

Fireworks have a long tradition in many cultures. The world is changing, and there is growing evidence that fireworks often end up ruining family gatherings rather than being a source of joy.

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The key is to get dangerous fireworks off of our streets

Turn in Your Illegal Fireworks (they all are illegal)

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)
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It's not just in Los Angeles That Fireworks Are Illegal

Fireworks State Laws

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.”
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Don't let L.A. turn into a war zone at night this summer

Fireworks Local Laws

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.

Check Out Our Fireworks Resources

Every year, we organize resources to help you get the most up-to-date information on fireworks, and law, and how things can be better in your neighborhood.

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