Santa Clarita, Calif. – Fourth of July is a time for celebration, but the City of Santa Clarita, County of Los Angeles and public safety officials are urging residents to engage in festivities responsibly and refrain from the use of illegal fireworks.
To educate residents about the dangers of fireworks, the Santa Clarita City Council along with Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis and the Grossman Burn Center will be hosting a multi-agency fireworks safety press conference onWednesday, June 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Los Angeles County Fire Station 126, located at 26320 Citrus Street.
“The fact that we have so many agencies coming together to prevent illegal fireworks is a testament to how serious we are about our zero-tolerance stance on illegal fireworks in the City,” says City of Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean. “The recent fires we’ve had in town should be a reminder of the potential for damaging fires in Santa Clarita. With all of the dry brush covering our hillsides – now is not the time to play with illegal fireworks; they pose an immense threat to our community,” adds Mayor McLean.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, every year fireworks cause thousands of injuries and start more than 1,600 fires. Fireworks can cause burns, loss of limbs and even death.
“We know fireworks are part of the festivities, but we urge everyone to leave them to the professionals. Setting off any fireworks is against the law. Please show respect for your neighbors by upholding the law and help keep our community safe from accidental fires and/or injuries.”Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis, City of Santa Clarita Press Release
“Using illegal fireworks is not worth the safety or financial risk,” Supervisor Barger said. “It’s our job as responsible community members to do our part to help prevent fires, injuries, and liabilities. This Fourth of July, please leave the fireworks shows to the professionals to keep our families and neighborhoods out of harm’s way.”
In the City of Santa Clarita, it is illegal to possess, sell or use fireworks including those that are labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, snaps, smoke balls and any item that explodes.
“Our deputies will cite anyone they see setting off fireworks and they will confiscate all illegal fireworks,” said Captain Robert Lewis. “We know fireworks are part of the festivities, but we urge everyone to leave them to the professionals. Setting off any fireworks is against the law. Please show respect for your neighbors by upholding the law and help keep our community safe from accidental fires and/or injuries.”
In Santa Clarita, fireworks are a violation of the Santa Clarita Municipal Code, Health and Safety Code and Los Angeles County Fire Code. The public is encouraged to report illegal fireworks anonymously by calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. Please do not dial 9-1-1 to report illegal fireworks unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
“While you may enjoy the dazzling sights and sounds of fireworks, your next-door neighbor may be a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder or simply someone who develops extreme anxiety from fireworks,” says Mayor Marsha McLean. “We also cannot forget about our pets. The day after the Fourth of July is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters due to the many frightened animals that run away from home.”
To enjoy a spectacular fireworks show – everyone is encouraged to attend the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks. As in years’ past, the show will take place at Westfield Valencia Town Center and start at 9:15 p.m.
For more information on local professional fireworks shows in and near Santa Clarita Valley, or details regarding fireworks regulations, please visit santa-clarita.com/Fireworks.
All fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Clarita.
Report Illegal Fireworks
Call it in: (661) 255-1121
DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.
Contact your local sheriff deputy: scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are fireworks dangerous?
Each year thousands of people, many of them children, are burned, blinded, and even disfigured by fireworks. In addition, fireworks cause fires that cost the United States millions of dollars in property loss.
What counts as a firework?
Any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground is considered illegal in Santa Clarita, even those labeled “Safe and Sane.”
The fireworks ban applies to all types of fireworks, including but not limited to:
- Large bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- Sparklers more than 10 inches in length or one-fourth of one inch in diameter
What about the tiny snapper/popper kits I see being sold in Super Markets?
The packages sold in Super Markets are OKAY to use, as they have been cleared through the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Federal Government. However, we strongly advise having adult supervision at all times.
Where can I see a professional show?
The City offers a free Annual Fourth of July Celebration.
Where can I report illegal fireworks?
Please call it into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. DO NOT DIAL 9-1-1 unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Contact your local sheriff deputy: scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders
What happens if I handle or sell illegal fireworks?
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Santa Clarita Municipal Codes
9.60.030 Fireworks within city limits
A. Except as otherwise provided, it is unlawful for any person to handle, give away, sell, offer for sale, solicit the sale of, manufacture, possess, purchase, use, ignite, explode, fire, or otherwise discharge any fireworks within the city of Santa Clarita or to aid or abet any of the above with respect to fireworks as defined.
B. Any property owner or person in control of property who allows a person to sell, use, discharge, or possess fireworks, or provide fireworks to a minor, on the property owned by such a person or under such person’s control shall be in violation of this chapter, regardless of such person’s intent, knowledge or negligence, such violation being hereby expressly declared a strict liability offense. (Ord. 08-9 §2, 8/26/08)
A .Any violation of the provisions of this chapter which is found to be an infraction shall be punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) for the first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for any subsequent offenses.
B .In addition to any and all fines or other punishment for noncompliance with this chapter, fireworks within the limits of the City of Santa Clarita are subject to confiscation and destruction by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. (Ord. 08-9 §2, 8/26/08)