Fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale beginning June 28. The Palmdale city council recently approved permits for 44 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks; only nonprofits based in Palmdale (or that have more than 50 percent of its membership living in Palmdale and have a minimum of 20 members) are eligible to apply for fireworks booths. One booth is allowed per organization.
The number of booths allowed is calculated at one booth per every 3,000 residents. Booths must pass an inspection by the Los Angeles County Fire Department before the city’s Enforcement Division will issue a permit. Only persons age 18 years and older may purchase fireworks; proof of age may be required.
Palmdale is the only city in the Antelope Valley in which “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be legally sold and discharged on private property. The housing community of Anaverde, all areas south of the California Aqueduct, and locations in the Rancho Vista area are classified as “no fireworks zones” and fireworks may not be discharged at any time because these are considered “high-risk” fire areas.
The “no fireworks zone” is generally described as the area within the city of Palmdale which is situated along the following lines: Beginning at the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street West, areas south and west of Rancho Vista Boulevard, north to Avenue N-8; south and west of Avenue N-8 from Rancho Vista Boulevard to 55th Street West; west of 55th Street West, and south from 55th Street West to 60th Street West (Godde Hill Road).
“We’ve developed an interactive map on our web site (www.cityofpalmdale.org), that allows residents to enter their address so they can see if they live in “no fireworks zone” area where ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are not allowed,” said John Mylnar, Palmdale communications manager. “Residents may also contact our Neighborhood Services Department at (661) 267-5181 or (661) 267-5170 and our staff will assist them.”
The city of Palmdale is urging residents to not use illegal fireworks. Persons caught using illegal fireworks may face an administrative fine beginning at $2,500. Fireworks must be used under safe conditions, therefore educational fliers will be distributed with each purchase.
Among the approved organizations authorized to sell fireworks are: American Indian Little League (39626 10th Street West, parking lot along the east side of 10th Street west, south of Applebees); Antelope Valley Desert Drivers Inc., (39522 10th Street West, parking lot along south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard, east of Sprint); Arch Rafael and St. Mina Coptic Church (vacant lot at northeast corner of Avenue S and 40th Street East); Cornerstone Apostolic Church of Antelope Valley (3027 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard, parking lot along north side of Rancho Vista Boulevard, west of 30th Street West); DDE Academy Inc. (37716 55th Street East (Domenic Massari Park), and Eagle Vision Community Church (200 W. Palmdale Blvd., parking lot along south side of Palmdale Boulevard, northeast of Red Roof Inn).