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Celebrate a “Safe and Sane” Fourth of July

Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations here in Pico Rivera. City and Sheriff's Department officials are encouraging residents to celebrate responsibly by using only fireworks that are approved and labeled by the State Fire Marshal as "Safe and Sane." The sale and use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks is legal in Pico Rivera.

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies are enhancing their enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale, distribution and use of illegal fireworks as Independence Day gets closer. Illegal fireworks are any items that explode, rise in the air or move around on the ground, as well as those that are not officially labeled “Safe and Sane.” Examples include firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, Roman candles, mortars, M-80s and cherry bombs.

Individuals caught selling, storing, using or possessing illegal fireworks are subject to a minimum fine of $500 and/or a year in jail. Violators will also be held responsible for any damage resulting from their use of illegal fireworks. Parents will be liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children’s use of illegal fireworks.

Illegal fireworks account for thousands of dollars in property damage and countless injuries every year. The loud noise they create can also be a public nuisance to otherwise quiet neighborhoods.

Residents with questions about fireworks, or who wish to report the sale, distribution or use of illegal fireworks are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562.949.2421.