Illegal Fireworks (263469)

The city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, is warning residents that all fireworks, including those labeled “Safe and Sane,” are illegal within City limits. The agencies have launched a joint fireworks safety campaign to inform residents that illegal fireworks are dangerous and are not tolerated in the city. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will also be conducting multiple fireworks operations between now and the Fourth of July.

In Santa Clarita, it is illegal to possess, sell or use fireworks within City limits. Fireworks include those labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, snaps and smoke balls, and any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground. Fireworks are a violation of the Santa Clarita Municipal Code, Health and Safety Code and Los Angeles County Fire Code. Those found guilty of a violation will be cited and have their illegal fireworks confiscated by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “Violators can receive a fine from $500 to $1,000 and face misdemeanor prosecution,” said Captain Robert Lewis.

The public is encouraged to report illegal fireworks anonymously by calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. Do not dial 9-1-1 to report illegal fireworks, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. Residents may also report illegal fireworks to the sheriff deputy assigned to their zone. Information on zones can be found online at scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders.

“Fireworks are known to cause burns, serious injuries and even death,” warns Assistant Fire Chief Anderson Mackey. “Besides causing physical harm to our citizens, fireworks greatly increase the risk of both structure and wildland fires.”

Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste went further: “We want folks to enjoy the Fourth of July, but responsibly. In addition to possibly starting a fire, fireworks create anxiety and stress among pets and veterans who may have post-traumatic stress disorder,” she said. “I would recommend our residents leave the show to the pros and instead attend the city’s free and magnificent Fourth of July fireworks show.”

The annual Fourth of July show will begin at 9:15 p.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.