BRAWLEY, Calif. – The 4th of July is near and you know what that means, fireworks stands are popping up across imperial county but what type of fireworks are legal?
The county will allow “safe and sane” fireworks in Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville and Westmorland, with each city having their own ordinances. People are able to light fireworks on neighborhood streets, but all fireworks that shoot into the air or move along the ground are illegal anywhere in California.
The Imperial County Fire Department Captain Juan Rodelo stressed his safety concerns, “Do not re-light them if for whatever reason, just leave it alone, toss it and follow directions. Those safe and sane fireworks do have directions, read them before you use them and stay within those parameters and everything should be fine.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, on the 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. For more information on rules and regulations when it come to fireworks or fire safety you are asked to contact your local city fire department.
Alert below provided by Imperial County Fire, Crash and Rescue:
29 June 2016
Possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is not allowable in any unincorporated area of Imperial County. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to be held liable for costs and damages.
Safe and Sane” fireworks are only allowed in the following cities, Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, and Westmorland. Please call the fire department in these cities for more information. All fireworks are illegal elsewhere in the county. All fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.
Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. Please, “Be Prepared”, “Be Safe”, and “Be Responsible” when using fireworks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. While “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed in some Imperial County communities, the Imperial County Fire Department encourage residents to watch fireworks at community celebrations.
This message was brought to you by the Imperial County Fire Department – Have a fire safe day!