City News and Updates

Stay Safe and Sane This Fourth of July

City and Sheriff’s Department officials are encouraging residents to celebrate responsibly by using ONLY fireworks approved and labeled by the State Fire Marshal as “Safe and Sane.”  The sale and use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks is legal in the City of Pico Rivera.

City and Sheriff’s Officials are strongly discouraging those who discharge illegal fireworks. This year, the Sheriff’s Department will be stepping up patrols during the week of Independence Day and will also be relying on the community to report illegal firework activity. Individuals caught selling, storing, using or possessing illegal fireworks (firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, Roman candles, mortars, M-80s and cherry bombs as well as those that are not officially labeled “Safe and Sane”) will be cited with a $1000 fine. Violators will also be held responsible for any damage resulting from their use of illegal fireworks.  Parents or legal guardians will be liable for any damage or injuries caused by minors' use of illegal fireworks.

“Our residents have expressed concern over the discharge of illegal fireworks this past year and we have worked with our Sheriff’s Department to mitigate this problem” said Acting City Manager Steve Carmona.  “We want all our residents to be able to enjoy the Independence Day Holiday safely and without the inconvenience and danger that illegal fireworks pose.”  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 Station at 562.949.2421 or download the City’s PR App and simply put in a report via the City’s app.  All reports made either to the Sheriff’s Department or the City’s App are anonymous.

Keep Pico Rivera Clean

Residents are also encouraged to help clean up after their own fireworks or block celebrations.  Many streets are littered with debris from spent fireworks and it often takes days before it’s cleaned up by the street sweeper.  Help make our City look beautiful by picking up all the debris caused by any and all "Safe and Sane" fireworks this Fourth of July Holiday.

Be Courteous of your Neighbors

As a reminder, while celebrating Independence Day can be a fun and enjoyable experience, be sensitive to your neighbors.  Discharge fireworks during reasonable hours.  Many residents may have to work the next day.  Discharging fireworks at late hours is not only disruptive, but inconvenient to those who may have to get up early in the morning.  Also, be mindful of your pets ( see attached tips from SEAACA) as well as those of your neighbors. Finally, be respectful to our Seniors, individuals with PTSD, and adults and children with special needs.  Often times, loud noises are disruptive and sometimes harmful.

( SEAACA Pet Safety for 4th of July Celebrations )