We want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July, free from arrests for fireworks use or possession.
In California, many fireworks are illegal to sell, possess, transport and use. These include bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles and all others that move in an uncontrollable fashion on the ground or in the sky or explode. A violation of the fireworks statutes includes up to one year in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. In addition, you will be personally liable for any and all damage caused by the illegal fireworks.
Health and Safety Code section 12540 goes even further to classify some large fireworks as explosives. These include, but are not limited to, M-80, M-100, M-1000, Brown Bomber, Silver Salute, 1/4 stick, 1/2 stick and full stick. Basically, explosives are any pyrotechnic explosive in firecracker form that exceeds .772 grains (50 milligrams) in weight. Explosives are never legal for personal use in the United States.
For more information on California fireworks, click here.
300 communities in California allow “safe and sane” fireworks. Safe and Sane fireworks are able to be sold between June 28th at 12pm and July 6th at 12pm.
In the Coachella Valley, only Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only cities where safe and sane fireworks are legal. In Indio, local organizations such as the Indio High School Band, are selling “safe and sane” fireworks as a program fundraiser. Read more about the local fireworks here.
All fireworks, including “safe and sane” ones are illegal in San Bernardino County.
Local law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for people using fireworks. They will also be out looking for people who are driving under the influence. Please enjoy your holiday safely and responsibly.