Which California Fireworks Are Illegal?

California Fireworks

California fireworks are illegal in certain areas because each year, they cause severe injuries, deaths, and millions of dollars in property damage from wildfires. Large grass crops and dry vegetation increase the threat of devastating fires throughout the state. Something as genuine and patriotic as Fourth of July celebrations shouldn’t end in tragedy.

Deldar Legal is here to explain local and statewide laws about California fireworks so you can prepare for the holiday weekend. y respecting these regulations, we can all contribute to reducing injuries and accidents, keeping our communities safe!

Illegal California Fireworks

California takes fireworks safety very seriously, adopting a zero-tolerance policy for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Cal Fire, the state run program of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, classifies illegal fireworks as those that explode, ascend into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrolled manner. This includes:

  • Roman candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Sky rockets

Parents should also be aware that they are liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children using fireworks. This means supervising children closely and ensuring they only use fireworks that are legal and safe. The responsibility falls on parents to educate their kids about the dangers and legalities surrounding fireworks.

Laws & Regulations

The strict regulations are in place to ensure public safety and prevent fire hazards. To legally sell, transport, or use California fireworks, they must carry the “Safe and Sane” seal. These fireworks are designed to be safer and more predictable. It is also illegal to possess or use any fireworks in communities where they are not permitted, even if they are labeled “Safe and Sane.”

While nearly 300 California communities allow “Safe and Sane” fireworks, it’s crucial to check local regulations before purchasing or using them. A list of retail booth cities and counties that permit these fireworks is available, making it easier to stay compliant with the law.

Violating these laws carries severe penalties. Cal Fire says the average fine is between $500 to $1,000. If convicted, an individual could face fines up to $50,000, jail time of up to one year, or both. These harsh consequences reflect the state’s commitment to preventing injuries, fires, and other dangers associated with illegal fireworks.

Who Can Set Off California Fireworks?

Without a state issued “Safe and Sane” seal, civilians may not set off fireworks. In addition to consumer regulations, the Office of State Fire Marshal requires licensing for all pyrotechnic operators, fireworks manufacturers, importer-exporters, wholesalers, retailers, and public display companies. This ensures that those involved in the fireworks industry are qualified and adhere to safety standards, further protecting the public from potential hazards.

Closing Thoughts

Firework injuries can be severe, resulting in burns, amputations, blindness, and even death. These injuries often occur due to someone else’s recklessness, and those responsible should be held accountable. At Deldar Legal, we specialize in personal injury cases and are equipped to handle the complexities that come with firework injury claims.

Despite taking precautions, accidents can still happen. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your options. If you or a loved one has been injured by California fireworks, contact us at (844) 335-3271. Our team is here to support you. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

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