The Palmdale City Council on June 4 approved issuing permits for 40 nonprofit organizations to sell Safe and Sane fireworks. Only nonprofit organizations that have headquarters in Palmdale or have more than 50 percent of their membership residing in Palmdale and have a minimum of 20 members are eligible to apply for fireworks booths. Only one booth is allowed per organization.
The number of booths allowed is calculated at one booth per every 3,000 residents. Based upon current population estimates, a maximum of 52 booths would be allowed to be established in the year 2019, of which 40 have been filled by qualifying organizations.
Organization booths must pass an inspection by the Los Angeles County Fire Department before the city’s Code Enforcement Division will issue the fireworks permit. Fireworks may be purchased by those who are age 16 and above in the city of Palmdale. Proof of age may be requested for purchase.
The city of Palmdale is the only municipality in the Antelope Valley in which “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be legally sold and discharged on private property. However, the housing community Anaverde, all areas south of the California Aqueduct, and locations in the Rancho Vista area are “no fireworks zones” and may not use any fireworks at all since they are in high risk fire areas.
The “no fireworks zone” is generally described as the area within the city of Palmdale which lies 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 website, 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 and our staff will assist them.”
The city of Palmdale is urging residents to not use illegal fireworks, and administrative fines starting at $2,500 will be in effect. “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be purchased at 40 booths throughout the city. City officials are urging residents to use the fireworks under safe conditions. Educational flyers are being distributed with each purchase of fireworks.
The following is a partial list of the 40 approved outlets for Safe and Sane fireworks:
—American Legion Post #348, 39445 10th Street West (between Panera Bread and Rubio’s in parking lot).
—Crosswind Community Church, 41337 10th Street West (parking lot along the west side of 10th Street West, north of Avenue M-14).
—Iglesia Emmanuel Antelope Valley, 2419 E. Avenue S. (west side of 25th Street East, north of Avenue S in Food 4 Less parking lot).
—Littlerock High School Band Boosters, 4644 East Avenue S (south side of Avenue S, west of 47th Street East).
—Love and Grace Christian Fellowship Church, south of Rancho Vista Boulevard, west side of Sierra Highway.
—Palmdale Elks Lodge #2027, 37951 47th Street East (west side of 47th Street East, south of Avenue R in Tom’s #27 parking lot).
—Palmdale Thunder Soccer Club, 2534 East Avenue S.
—Palmdale Aerospace Academy, 39940 10th Street West (east side of 10th Street West, south of Avenue O-8, east of Panda Express).
—Water of Life Antelope Valley Inc., 39522 10th Street West; (south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard between Edible Arrangements and The Habit)).
—Word of Life Ministries Inc., 5645 East Avenue T (north side of East Avenue T, west of Fort Tejon Road).
For more information, call (661) 267-5126.