Did you know fireworks are illegal where you are? According to 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, “fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities and in many of its 88 cities.” And even though the official day may be over, we still have the unofficial July 4th weekend to continue the celebration. And that means the fireworks haven’t ended yet. Even if they are contraband.

What is it about fireworks that makes people throw caution (and too often safety) to the wind? Especially when people can be fined up to $5,000?

Sometimes a family or friends will acquire the “good kind” of fireworks. They’ll get a number of them to set off and have a little fun – while hoping the police don’t drive by. But then there’s the neighborhood in Boyle Heights that has a big, annual party with a big fireworks display? Now, I don’t live in this neighborhood, but I know about this tradition because it was covered by the news on a CBS affiliate. What?!? Why isn’t this whole neighborhood in fireworks jail?! Oh, boy ….

BTW, a week ago the Long Beach Police Department busted someone with 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks. And, no, he wasn’t from Boyle Heights! He was intending to sell them … and ended up in the City Jail instead.

It isn’t hard to figure out why things you light on fire so they explode are illegal here. We have far too many high-danger fire seasons. Supervisor Barger says that each year fireworks “cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries, and even death.” Really? Yes, really.

There were five reports of fireworks-related deaths just in 2018.

So, my advice to you is to skip the home fireworks and enjoy the big displays around the area. In my last post, I talked about where to see them and even places where you can see multiple displays at the same time from some overlooks. Keep those in mind for next year.

For this weekend, stay safe. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

Chelsea


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