Fireworks are Illegal in Los Angeles County

In anticipation of a high-danger fire season, Supervisor Kathryn Barger reminds residents preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July, that fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities and in many of its 88 cities.

“While some cities allow ‘safe and sane’ fireworks, fireworks of any kind, are illegal in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities,” said Supervisor Barger. “Annually, fireworks cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries, and even death.  I encourage residents to report any illegal fireworks to law enforcement.”

Possession or use of illegal fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1000, to one year in county jail.  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.

22 Comments
  • STEVEN SCULLER
    Posted at 12:10h, 09 June

    I was shopping this morning 6/9/19 in a TARGET store in Granada Hills, CA and in the front of the store near the check-out lanes is a dis[play of “FIREWORKS”. How or why is this allowed???

  • MA
    Posted at 08:31h, 12 June

    We live in Duarte (unincorporated), every year is the same lots of illegal fireworks in our street. Please provide the number I can call to report this. It is not even July and they started already 🙁

  • AO
    Posted at 20:51h, 22 June

    Every year I call the sheriffs department in Glendora and nothing happens. It’s not even the 4th of July and people are setting off fireworks and car alarms with the booms

  • Bruce Wayne
    Posted at 20:03h, 26 June

    God you guys are all such crybabies

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:00h, 28 June

    Why aren’t drones with cameras hooked up to remote recording source used to catch and fine offenders? I understand police officers are not able to be in so many places at any one time. I vote for drone surveillance.

  • Charles Bryson
    Posted at 22:35h, 29 June

    Bruc err Wayne, if you suffered from PTSD you wouldnt call it being “cry baby”. I called LAPD last year, when they came they watched the people set off a rocket and told them just dont block street. Then as they drove off peole set off firecrackers. They dont enforce the no fireworks.

  • John Pettic
    Posted at 20:07h, 04 July

    Y’all are such bitches can’t even handle a few sparks. Fireworks are the greatest and every year people set them off here no matter what laws are passed. Try to get me motherfuckrs!

  • Clyde Forester
    Posted at 00:24h, 06 July

    Well hopefully John Pettic, your mobile home will be the first to burn down.

  • CS
    Posted at 17:37h, 06 July

    This LAW doesn’t apply to the unincorporated Duarte
    only the actual city of Duarte city limits

  • jdrjustice
    Posted at 20:20h, 07 July

    The LAPD did nothing re illegal fireworks in the City of Los Angeles. Guess too many of they Mexican compadres did it so they just looked the other way. It is a shame that the LAPD is full of Mexicans many previous gang bangers who doesn’t do their jobs. There is still a few good cops out there but their number is decreasing. Many of the Latino Cops once they have their badges forget the LAW is the law. They look the other way when its their own kind. It is disgusting what happened on the fourth of July in LA and the cops were in hiding. They must be afraid. One should ask A bunch of cowards getting out of the police academy now days? Or the Chit head LA mayor told them not to enforce the law. According to the Mayors memo is the latter.

  • Julie Batres
    Posted at 20:30h, 07 July

    I love fireworks, but when your city residents dont respect the laws and set off fireworks all year, middle of the night etc;. It does become old
    By the time July 4th comes. I’m tired of hearing them and continue days after our lovely independents day…
    I have lost the feeling of 4th of ,July. Do to inconsiderate people.

  • Gabriel Alexander
    Posted at 11:53h, 31 July

    Can you provide the governance code or ordinance which indicates that fireworks are illegal in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Also can you provide information regarding funding such as where is the money to pay for signage regarding fireworks. Thank you.

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