Long Beach Police and Fire Departments Remind Residents All Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach
2016-06-27 · By Editor
The Long Beach Fire and Police Departments remind all residents and visitors that all fireworks, even the so-called “Safe and Sane” variety remain illegal in the City of Long Beach.
In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries that, in many cases, are serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, scars, disfigurement that can last a lifetime, and even death. Every year, thousands of “fireworks related” injuries are reported across the United States. Of those, 51% were injuries to the extremities and 38% were to the head. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures up to 1,200° Fahrenheit. According to statistics gathered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in one year, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks related injuries. In addition, the NFPA reported that fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
NOTE TO PARENTS: It is against the law to use, possess, store, or sell “illegal fireworks.” In Long Beach, this includes consumer fireworks. Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
Those who use, possess, store, or transport any type of fireworks in Long Beach may be subject to criminal prosecution – or worse yet, a painful and/or debilitating injury. It is simply not worth it.
Please join firefighters and their families at various public fireworks shows throughout our City. This is the safest and most enjoyable way to celebrate our Nation’s independence during the 4th of July holiday.
The following professional fireworks shows will be held in the City of Long Beach this year:
Big Bang on the Bay
July 3rd, 2016
July 4th, 2016
Virginia Country Club
July 4th, 2016
If you See Something, Say Something! Call Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities. Together, we can enjoy a safe holiday. Thank you.