Media Alert: Agencies Will Hold Fireworks Safety Demonstration and Press Availability on Wednesday in Santa Clarita
Supervisor Kathryn Barger will join Fire Chief Daryl Osby and Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth and first responders to remind residents preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July that fireworks of any kind are illegal in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities and in many of its 88 cities. The press conference will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at noon at Los Angeles County Fire Station 126, located at 26320 Citrus Street.
“Considering the fire we had this last weekend, it is evident that our communities in northern Los Angeles County are really ‘ground zero’ as we enter what could be a very dangerous fire season,” said Supervisor Barger. “As we move closer to the Fourth of July, it is important that we educate the community that the use of fireworks of any kind is illegal and can cause serious injury or death.”
“We want our residents to have a fun Fourth of July, but safety is always our first priority,” says Mayor Cameron Smyth.
Possession or use of illegal fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1,000, to one year in county jail. Certain products like m-80’s and m-100’s are considered explosives and are a felony to possess with penalties as high as 16 months in state prison. Parents may also be liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
For more information, please contact Tony Bell, Communications Deputy from Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office at (213) 974-5555. The conference will include pyrotechnics display by professional enforcement personnel to illustrate fireworks danger.