Remember that this 4th of July that fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles

PERSONAL USE OF FIREWORKS IN LOS ANGELES IS ILLEGAL

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.”

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!

To locate a fireworks show near you please use this link.

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.

DO YOU HAVE FIREWORKS?

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.

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!

Moises Gomez