Fireworks safety tips from the City of Palmdale

LA County Sheriff’s Lt. Don Ford, LA County Fire Chief Gerald Cosey and Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hofbauer discuss examples of illegal fireworks at a fireworks safety press conference.

PALMDALE – “Safe and Sane” fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale on June 28 (read more here).  The City of Palmdale’s department of public safety and community relations has issued the following safety tips for residents who use “Safe and Sane” fireworks in legal areas of the city:

  • Always read directions and use common sense.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Use outdoors only—away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects.
  • Light one at a time, then move quickly away.
  • Keep others at a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never alter or take apart fireworks.
  • Do not give fireworks to young children under any circumstances.
  • Have a bucket of water handy for emergencies and for dousing misfired and   spent fireworks.
  • Never attempt to relight or fix malfunctioning fireworks.

To protect your pet on the Fourth of July, take these precautions:

  • Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.
  • Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company.
  • Consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she may experience during fireworks displays.
  • Gizmo BATP

    Gizmo hates fireworks!

    Never leave pets outside unattended. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

  • “Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly,” said Director of Public Safety Anne Ambrose.

“Only ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are allowed in Palmdale city limits except for the designated ‘No Fireworks Zone’ where even ‘Safe and Sane’ are illegal,” said Anne Ambrose.

The ‘No Fireworks Zone’ includes the Anaverde housing development and anywhere south of the California Aqueduct, as well as neighborhoods located on the south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard along the following lines: beginning at the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street West, areas south and west of Rancho Vista Boulevard, north to Avenue N-8; south and west of Avenue N-8 from Rancho Vista Boulevard to 55th Street West; west of 55th Street West; and south from 55th Street West to 60th Street West (Godde Hill Road.

The web site,, has an interactive map that allows residents to enter their address so they can see if they live in the ‘No Fireworks Zone’ where ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are NOT allowed. Residents may also contact the City’s Community Preservation office at 267-5234 or the Public Safety Department at 267-5181 and staff will assist them.

“Illegal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in Palmdale or in the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley,” said Ambrose.  “These are the type that explode or shoot up in the air and they are dangerous and cause a real threat to life and property.

“If people are caught using illegal fireworks in Palmdale, they will be facing a $2,500 fine for a first offense, $5,000 for a second offense and $10,000 for a third offense,” Ambrose added.

Fireworks may only be discharged from noon on Thursday, June 28 through noon on Thursday, July 5. Discharging fireworks before June 28 or after July 5 will subject the violators to fines.

For more information, please call 661-267-5181. To report any illegal fireworks anonymously, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 272-2400.

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)