June 17, 2021 10:00 AM
by Eric Binder
The Santa Monica Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the City of Santa Monica Fire Code 5601.1.3, related to Fireworks: All fireworks shall be illegal in the City of Santa Monica including California State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” fireworks. No person shall possess, transport, sell or offer for sale, any such fireworks. Fireworks may not be used in Santa Monica EVEN IF they are legal in the city in which they are purchased. Possession of fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and may be punishable up to a $1,000.00 fine, and or 6 months in jail. Please remember that discharging firearms into the air is also illegal. It is a felony and punishable by a year in state prison, California Penal Code Section 246.3 PC: Shooting In A Grossly Negligent Manner.
The Fire Department encourages the public to leave fireworks to the professionals, and attend a professional show. See this year’s list of firework shows in and around Los Angeles > Link.
Here are a few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks.
- Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for
- all ages.
- Loud and proud. Noisemakers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
- Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector.
- Red, white, and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
- Make a patriotic craft with the family.
- Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake.
A few facts to remember:
- Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
- More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
- Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4.
- Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
*Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 2018 Fireworks Annual Report