Fireworks Including Sparklers Are Illegal Remind Safety Officials

Public safety officials issued a press release stating all fireworks including sparklers are illegal because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires.

In Riverside County, there is a "zero tolerance" policy towards citizens who possess illegal fireworks. Those caught with illegal fireworks will be subject to fines, citations, arrest and confiscation of all illegal fireworks.

The terrain is very diverse in the county. With dry vegetation, fireworks can easily start a brush fire.

Public safety officials from the county of Riverside would like to ensure all residents and visitors understand that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County; meaning that you may not sell, purchase, transport, store or use fireworks in the County of Riverside.

The cities of Blythe, Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only cities which allow the sale and use of State Fire Marshal-approved "Safe and Sane" fireworks. Fireworks purchased in these cities shall not be transported, used or possessed outside of the cities in which they were purchased.

Individuals who cause a wildfire by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs and could be criminally prosecuted. These costs can run into the millions of dollars.

 If you would like to report the use or sales of illegal fireworks within the County of Riverside please call 1-800-950-2444, or call one of the non-emergency phone numbers list at the right. You may also report the use of illegal fireworks via the following web form: Sheriff's Fireworks Report Form. This form will be available Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 5:00PM until July 8, 2012.

Only my thought July 03, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Blythe,Cat City,Coachella, and DHS should be the last place with all the dried out area
Susan Marsh July 04, 2012 at 04:02 AM
It is amazing that any baby boomers are alive today considering all the things we did that are now illegal because they will injure you.
Infidel Jones July 04, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Blah, blah, blah--I'll set off fireworks wherever and whenever I damn well please. F the POLICE STATE!
Murrietajane July 06, 2012 at 09:11 PM
infidel jones, obviously a well educated person (NOT). I hope you rott in prison when you burn someone's house down or injure someone from your stupidity! go back to loserville and set yourself on fire. Obviously no respect or concern for the people around you and another cop hater, must be because your a drug addict or someone who frequents the jails....
Jason Davis July 04, 2014 at 12:10 AM
The author should cite the code that says safe and sane are illegal in Temecula. All I found was a code that says that the Chief may seize "safe and sane" fireworks "in accordance with the law." That was it. California law permits "safe and sane" fireworks, but does have certain regulations that must be complied with regarding the sale and storage - a violation of which permits seizure. So the local ordinance permits seizure under the sales and storage provisions of California law unless Temecula has a law prohibiting the use and/or possession of "safe and sane" fireworks. Also, California law permits the use of "safe and sane" fireworks without a license. This means that the local government must have something making them illegal according to the article. But again, I could find no such law in Temecula. Please cite the law next time so that we know you are not spreading FUD.


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