PALMDALE – Despite numerous warnings and costly penalties, illegal fireworks continue to keep local law enforcement busy, year after year, on the Fourth of July. Last year, the Palmdale Sheriff Station’s Partners Against Crime team responded to 112 fireworks disturbance calls and wrote 34 citations for illegal fireworks. In 2012, the team seized more than 300 pounds of illegal fireworks and wrote 24 citations within the city of Palmdale.
This year, officials are again warning local residents: Celebrating the Fourth of July with illegal fireworks will not be tolerated in the City of Palmdale or in the County of Los Angeles.
Penalties for using illegal fireworks include fines of:
- $2,500 for a first offense,
- $5,000 for a second offense, and
- $10,000 for a third offense.
The only fireworks that may be legally used within Palmdale city limits are “Safe & Sane” fireworks.
The “Safe & Sane” fireworks bear the official label of the State Fire Marshal and will go on sale at firework booths throughout the city this Saturday, June 28, starting 12 p.m. (Read more here.)
No fireworks – not even “Safe & Sane” fireworks – will be permitted in Fire Zone 4 because it is considered a high-risk area for fire.
Fire Zone 4 includes all areas south of the Aqueduct, the Anaverde housing track, and neighborhoods located on the south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard until Avenue N-8 and 60th Street West.
An interactive map on the city of Palmdale’s website allows residents to see if they live in a ‘no fireworks zone’ area where ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are not allowed. Access the interactive map here.
“Safe & Sane” fireworks are only permitted in the city of Palmdale. All other Los Angeles County areas within the Antelope Valley DO NOT ALLOW “Safe & Sane” fireworks.
For questions or concerns regarding illegal or “Safe & Sane” fireworks, contact Deputy Jodi Wolfe at 661-272-2520 or email email@example.com.
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