Posted on 06/30/2023

tWe get asked “why” a lot. The popular impression is that fireworks are no big deal. Unfortunately, even looking back over the past 10 years, fireworks cause a lot of misery.

Here’s a peek at what we’re talking about (national statistics):

Think About Your Neighbors

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, and on other holidays. The best way to do this is to attend a professional, public show.

Not only is igniting fireworks dangerous, it ignores the people who live in your neighborhood. We believe it’s essential to think about your neighbors and here’s a few reasons why:

Fireworks have a long tradition in many cultures. The world is changing, and there is growing evidence that fireworks often end up ruining family gatherings rather than being a source of joy.

Fireworks Local Laws

From our friends at the Los Angeles Police Department:

All fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles, SEC. 57.55.01(A) Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC). It shall be unlawful for any person to use, give, possess, sell or discharge any fireworks. Fireworks are considered explosive devices, and they are extremely dangerous. Every year numerous children and adults are injured or burned as a result of playing with fireworks.

“Safe and Sane” fireworks have the State Fire Marshal’s seal stamped on the packaging. This seal indicates that the explosive substances contained in the firework have been tested and meet specific safety and performance requirements, but nevertheless are illegal in the City of Los Angeles.
If you have questions about enforcement or other fireworks issues, you may contact the Los Angeles Police Department by calling the following number, toll free:

1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)

TTY 1-877-275-5273 for the hearing impaired.

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