LOS ANGELES COUNTY – County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich reminds residents preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July that fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County.
“While some cities allow “safe and sane” fireworks, fireworks, of any kind, are illegal in Los Angeles County,” said Antonovich. The penalties for possession or use of illegal fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1000, to one year in county jail.
“With fire season upon us, it is vital that our County residents understand that fireworks can cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries and even death,” said Antonovich. “Our firefighters risk their lives protecting lives and property — they deserve our help in preventing further fire emergencies.”
Certain products like m-80’s and m-100’s are considered explosives and are a felony to possess with penalties as high as 16 months in state prison. Parents are also liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
Mayor Antonovich encourages residents who see illegal fireworks to contact their local Sheriff’s or Police station.