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zero tolerenace for illegal fireworks in santa claritaAs the Fourth of July approaches, the city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, has launched a fireworks safety public education and enforcement campaign to send the clear message that the city has zero tolerance for fireworks.

The Sheriff’s Station will also be conducting multiple fireworks operations between now and Fourth of July.

In the city of Santa Clarita, it is illegal to possess, sell or use fireworks in the city limits. Fireworks include those labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, snaps and smoke balls, and any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground.

Fireworks are a violation of the Santa Clarita Municipal Code, Health and Safety Code and Los Angeles County Fire Code. Those found guilty of a violation will be cited and have their illegal fireworks confiscated by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“I want to remind residents that as citizens we must protect our community, that means looking out for each other and reporting illegal fireworks,” Mayor Cameron Smyth said.

The public is encouraged to report illegal fireworks anonymously by calling the SCV Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121.

Residents may also report illegal fireworks to the sheriff deputy assigned to their zone. Information can be found online at scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders.

“We are taking enforcement very seriously and will be monitoring hot spots known to have a history of illegal fireworks use,” said Captain Robert Lewis of the SCV Sheriff’s Station. “Violators can receive a fine from $500 to $1,000 and face misdemeanor prosecution.”

Fireworks are known to cause burns, serious injuries and even death. “Besides causing physical harm to our citizens, fireworks greatly increase the risk of both structure and wildland fires,” Assistant Fire Chief Gregory Hisel said. “Fireworks can cause fires that amount to millions of dollars in property loss.”

Rainfall the city experienced earlier this year produced an abundance of growth in easy to ignite grass and light fuels. As a result, this year’s brush fire season is predicted to be very active, fast moving and dangerous.

“We just want Santa Clarita residents to enjoy a safe and responsible Fourth of July,” Mayor Smyth said.

Santa Clarita and public safety officials are encouraging residents to leave the show to the pros and enjoy one of the many fireworks displays offered locally including the city’s annual Fourth of July show taking place at the Westfield Valencia Town Center at 9:15 p.m. More information on this show can be found at santa-clarita.com.

Starting Wednesday, June 28, residents may also access a list of local fireworks shows in and near Santa Clarita Valley at fire.lacounty.gov/fireworks-safety.

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4 Comments

  1. CBr says:

    I wish this was true, we have neighbors already popping fire crackers. The neighbors adjacent to them have called the sheriff’s numerous times and no one has done anything about it, they don’t even come out.

  2. Christian says:

    😂 to bad they don’t have enough sheriffs to do anything about it. If they catch someone they’re stuck ticketing them for 20-30 min so that makes less sheriffs looking for fireworks!

  3. Leon G says:

    Please enforce this. I fail to see the appeal. A professionally done show I can understand – the visuals, an outing with family & friends. But the juvenile moronic desire to light a fuse just to see & hear something go pop and bang in your backyard seems like something beyond half-witted hillbilly type behavior to me.

  4. Travis Levy says:

    You’re gonna tell me we cant have no whistlin’ bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin’ kitty chaser?

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