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Fireworks Safety

The County of Los Angeles Fire Code, Title 32, Section 5601.3 states that it is illegal to store, manufacture, sell, use, or handle ALL FORMS of fireworks without a valid permit in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

In accordance with the modified County of Los Angeles Public Health Order, all fireworks displays in the County of Los Angeles are prohibited for the 2020 July 4th holiday weekend.

To see a list of virtual Fourth of July celebrations, click here.

All Fireworks Are Prohibited in Unincorporated Los Angeles County

The illegal use, storage, or handling of fireworks in unincorporated Los Angeles County is a violation of local and state laws and carries the following penalties:


Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700, any person who violates any provision of the State Fireworks laws or Regulations is guilty of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not less than $500, but not to exceed $1,000 by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both.

Dangerous Fireworks

Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700(B), a person in possession of unaltered dangerous fireworks in violation of the State Fireworks Law is punishable as a misdemeanor or a public offense with fines ranging from $500 to more than $50,000, depending on the gross weight of unaltered dangerous fireworks in possession.

Each year thousands of people, many of them children, are burned, blinded, and even disfigured by fireworks. In addition, fireworks cause fires that cost us millions of dollars in property loss.

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

The sale and use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks in your community may be prohibited by local ordinance. If they are allowed, “Safe and Sane” fireworks can only be purchased from a State Fire Marshal licensed retail stand from noon on June 28 to noon on July 6.

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