Don’t use illegal fireworks
“Don’t use illegal fireworks. Don’t tolerate those who do. Don’t let anyone say that it’s okay to use illegal fireworks just because it’s the 4th of July.”
Tolerance of illegal fireworks by otherwise law-abiding residents and the easy availability of illegal fireworks from many sources (including through the Internet) threaten Lakewood’s family-oriented celebration of Independence Day.
With the assistance of the city and the support of the community organizations that sell legal, “Safe and Sane” fireworks an enforcement campaign is targeting illegal fireworks dealers, those who buy illegal fireworks, and the scofflaws who persist in using them.
Residents are encouraged to do their part to keep Lakewood safe from dangerous illegal fireworks. If you know where illegal fireworks are being sold or used in your neighborhood (or anywhere in Lakewood), call the July 4 tip hotline at 562-866-9771 extension SAFE (7233) to make a confidential report to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station.
Lakewood also has some of the strictest fireworks regulations in California, limiting the use of legal, Safe and Sane fireworks to one day only – the 4th of July – and only to the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Legal fireworks can be possessed in Lakewood only between July 1 and July 4. All fireworks are illegal to use or possess on all other days.
In addition, property owners can be held responsible if illegal fireworks are used on their property or if illegal fireworks are in the possession of others on their property.
Illegal fireworks can be turned in anonymously with no questions asked. All Los Angeles County fire stations will accept illegal fireworks.
And the only legal fireworks are those sold at a community organization stand. (State and federal laws prohibit individuals from importing fireworks or selling them door-to-door.)
What are illegal fireworks?
- Fireworks not marked with the California State Fire Marshal’s Safe and Sane seal are illegal.
- Fireworks not sold at a community sales booth are illegal.
- Fireworks that explode, rise in the air, or move about the ground are illegal.
- The discharge of both Safe and Sane and illegal fireworks in city parks is prohibited.