Am I allowed to use fireworks in Los Angeles?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jun 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

In much of Los Angeles County, you are not allowed to use your own fireworks on the 4th of July (or at any other time of year).

This is confusing and surprising for many people because not all fireworks are illegal in California. California fireworks laws distinguish between "dangerous" fireworks and "safe and sane" fireworks.

Dangerous fireworks may only be bought and used by people who hold special fireworks-display licenses. But ordinary citizens are allowed to buy safe and sane fireworks between June 28 and July 6--at least under California state law.

The problem is that many California cities have chosen to enact their own stricter rules about fireworks. Right now, less than 300 cities or other communities in California permit safe and sane fireworks. The rest have chosen to ban them.

Communities in Los Angeles County that do NOT permit even safe and sane fireworks around the 4th of July include Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica, Pasadena and unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Cities in Los Angeles County that DO permit (safe and sane) fireworks include Alhambra, Compton, Gardena, Hawthorne, Monterey Park and Palmdale. (A complete list can be found at the website of the California Fireworks Newswire.)

With experts predicting an unusually severe fire season in Southern California, local police and fire departments are likely to take fireworks law enforcement extra seriously this 4th of July. Do your research and stay out of trouble! 

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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