Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are fireworks dangerous?
Each year thousands of people, many of them children, are burned, blinded, and even disfigured by fireworks. In addition, fireworks cause fires that cost the United States millions of dollars in property loss.
What counts as a firework?
Any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground is considered illegal in Santa Clarita, even those labeled "Safe and Sane."
The fireworks ban applies to all types of fireworks, including but not limited to:
- Large bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- Sparklers more than 10 inches in length or one-fourth of one inch in diameter
What about the tiny snapper/popper kits I see being sold in Super Markets?
The packages sold in Super Markets are OKAY to use, as they have been cleared through the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Federal Government. However, we strongly advise having adult supervision at all times.
Where can I see a professional show?
The City offers a free Annual Fourth of July Celebration.
Where can I report illegal fireworks?
Please call it into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121. DO NOT DIAL 9-1-1 unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Contact your local sheriff deputy: scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders
What happens if I handle or sell illegal fireworks?
Click here for detailed document.
Santa Clarita Municipal Codes
9.60.030 Fireworks within city limits
A. Except as otherwise provided, it is unlawful for any person to handle, give away, sell, offer for sale, solicit the sale of, manufacture, possess, purchase, use, ignite, explode, fire, or otherwise discharge any fireworks within the city of Santa Clarita or to aid or abet any of the above with respect to fireworks as defined.
B. Any property owner or person in control of property who allows a person to sell, use, discharge, or possess fireworks, or provide fireworks to a minor, on the property owned by such a person or under such person’s control shall be in violation of this chapter, regardless of such person’s intent, knowledge or negligence, such violation being hereby expressly declared a strict liability offense. (Ord. 08-9 §2, 8/26/08)
A .Any violation of the provisions of this chapter which is found to be an infraction shall be punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) for the first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for any subsequent offenses.
B .In addition to any and all fines or other punishment for noncompliance with this chapter, fireworks within the limits of the City of Santa Clarita are subject to confiscation and destruction by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. (Ord. 08-9 §2, 8/26/08)
California Penal Codes
12529 H&S- Unlawful possession of explosives. (Felony)
12671 H&S- Sell, offer for sale, use, possess, store or transport any type of firework without the State Fire Marshal seal. (Misdemeanor)
12677 H&S- Possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit. (Misdemeanor)
12680(a) H&S- Discharge dangerous fireworks with likelihood of causing injury or fear. (Misdemeanor)
12700(a) H&S- Except as provided in Section 12702 and subdivision (b), a person who violates any provision of this part, or any regulations issued pursuant to this part, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) or more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
Los Angeles County Fire Code
3301.1.3 LACFC- Possession of Fireworks (All types of fireworks).
Penalties for possession or use of fireworks can range from a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1000), to confinement in a county jail for up to one year.
Fireworks and Dogs Don't Mix
More pets get lost on July 4th than any other time of the year. Pets don’t like fireworks. They’re illegal in Santa Clarita anyways. Dogs have sensitive hearing and the loud noise of fireworks can cause anxiety and panic among pets.
Fireworks terrify pets! Don’t be that person that caused your neighbor’s dog to run away.
Loud sounds can scare dogs and cause
- seeking comfort
Share the message to help prevent lost pets in Santa Clarita. Remember, ALL fireworks are illegal in Santa Clarita, even those labeled "Safe and Sane"!
Fireworks Pet Safety Tips
- Loud sounds can spook pets and cause them to runaway.
- Keep your pets inside at all times (they can chew and dig their way out of fences).
- If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both.
Summer Pet Safety Tips
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.
- Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
- Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool- not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.
- Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
- Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
- When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbecues can be poisonous to pets.