Long Beach Police and Fire Departments Remind Residents All Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach

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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
Alamitos Bay
July 3rd, 2016

Queen Mary
July 4th, 2016

Private Show:
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.


2 Responses to “Long Beach Police and Fire Departments Remind Residents All Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach”
  1. Suzann Rowe says:

    The fireworks start here on the Westside usually by the second week of June. Most are the “dynamite type” explosions that shake the earth! I make calls but to no avail! The perpetrators seem “to disappear” before the police come to investigate. It is very disheartening that we, The Westside, have to deal with this nerve-racking illegal firing of fireworks every year….it starts early in June and usually is still going until the end of July. I am sure that the Police Department knows, through years of experience, which neighborhoods need policing for the illegal fireworks, but there is no evidence that this will ever happen. Why not have some patrol cars in this area?

    • Lisa Kay says:

      Wow you are lucky in our neighborhood the explosives start in March and continue throughout the summer and into late September. I saw kids setting them off in the alley near the intersection of 10th and Molino and once they set off a huge explosive device that was too close to the neighbors work truck and it nearly caused damage to the vehicle and the things on the truck bed. The parents are aware and they are the ones buying them for their children. My neighbor asked them to keep it from being done too late at night, but that same day they set off seven of these explosives between 7-11. They are not pretty fireworks they are ginormous explosions that scare my cats and dogs.