Police and Fire Remind Residents That All Fireworks Are Illegal in Long Beach.

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With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those branded “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Police Department will be actively enforcing laws regarding the possession of all types of fireworks, including sparklers. Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the classification of the fireworks. The beaches from Shoreline Drive to the end of the Peninsula will be heavily patrolled, and collection bins will be located at all Fire and Police stations and Lifeguard Headquarters where fireworks can be voluntarily disposed.

The Long Beach City Ordinance, which bans fireworks, was adopted more than 40 years ago and is stricter than ordinances in many surrounding cities.

The public is also reminded that the law strictly prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property, and appropriate action will be taken against anyone in violation. Municipal and Penal Code sections in regards to under-age drinking and/or unlawful possession of alcohol will also be strictly enforced.

Each year in Long Beach as well as nationwide, individuals, including children, are seriously injured and burned as a result of fireworks usage. Therefore, taking advantage of one of the many licensed and controlled professional public firework displays in Long Beach or in surrounding communities is strongly encouraged. Check your local newspaper or visit www.longbeach.gov for information regarding firework demonstrations.

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