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Reminder: all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated L.A. County

6/30/2011, 5 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--A Los Angeles County supervisor whose district includes the high desert reminded residents today that all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

"While some cities allow 'safe and sane' fireworks, fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County," Supervisor Michael Antonovich said.

Fireworks violations can include fines of up to $1,000 and as much as a year in county jail. In some cases, violators can be charged with a felony.

"With fire season upon us, it is vital that our county residents understand that fireworks can cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries and even death," Antonovich said.

"Our firefighters risk their lives protecting lives and property--they deserve our help in preventing further fire emergencies."

Parents can be held liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children when using fireworks, Antonovich said.