The best and safest fireworks are those organized professionally. However, if you must celebrate Independence Day by lighting some up on your own, some cities in L.A. County do allow “Safe and Sane” fireworks.
“Safe and Sane” fireworks can be purchased from a State Fire Marshall licensed retail store from noon on June 28 to noon on July 6. In Marina del Rey, Del Rey, Playa del Rey and Venice, all personal fireworks, including “Safe and Sane,” are banned.
Click here for a list of L.A. communities where it is legal to set off your own fireworks. If your area is not on the list, fireworks are banned.
The L.A. County Fire Department reminds parents that children in possession of any fireworks before June 28, likely acquired them illegally. Common illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets and roman candles.
The fine for possessing illegal fireworks is up to $500.
When using “Safe and Sane” fireworks, exercise the following precautions:
· Have an adult present
· Use outdoors only – away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects
· Light one at a time, then move away quickly
· Keep others at a safe distance
· Never point or throw fireworks at another person
· Never alter or take apart
· Do not give to young children under any circumstances
· Have a bucket of water handy for emergencies and for dousing misfired and spent fireworks
· Never attempt to re-light or fix malfunctioning fireworks