Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
July 1, 2010 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich urges Los Angeles County citizens to refrain from using dangerous fireworks when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. “July 4th is a celebration of America’s freedom – but with our freedom comes responsibility,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “The holidays should be celebrated safely and responsibly with family and friends. Fireworks of any type are illegal in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and good judgment and caution should be used in municipalities where they are legal.”
Every year people are injured, property is destroyed, and scarce fire suppression dollars are spent during the weeks before and after the 4th of July due to the use of illegal fireworks, the misuse of legal fireworks, and the discharge of weapons into the air.
The penalties for possession or use of fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1000, to confinement in a County jail for up to one year. Certain products like M-80’s and M-100’s are considered explosives and are a felony to possess. The penalties can be as high as 16 months in state prison and parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.