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Celebrate safely and report illegal fireworks

Celebrate safely and report illegal fireworks

The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station reminds residents to celebrate the Fourth of July safely by not using illegal fireworks--and not tolerating those who do. To support the Sheriff’s efforts in suppressing the use of illegal fireworks, you can report problem locations now.

If you think someone is planning to use illegal fireworks, prior to July 4th call Lakewood City Hall's fireworks hotline at 562-866-9771, extension 7233 or email Service1@lakewoodcity.org. On July 4th, call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500.

You can keep your tip confidential. If Sheriff’s Deputies know of illegal fireworks parties in advance, that provides the best opportunity to prevent the fireworks from being used and keeping everyone in the neighborhood safe.

If you observe the sale or use of illegal fireworks, call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500 immediately!

On July 4th, residents spotting illegal fireworks in use can call the Sheriff’s Station too.

When reporting illegal sale or use, please provide as much information as possible about the person, location and violation. You can also report the information online at www.lakewoodcity.org/safe4th. Your name will remain confidential and the sooner you report this information, the better!

The only fireworks that are legal in Lakewood are those that are rated “Safe and Sane.” Safe and Sane fireworks do not explode or launch into the air. They can be purchased from any authorized firework stand in California, including those in Lakewood. Be sure to look for the fireworks sale permit and State of California Fire Marshal’s seal that all stands are required to display.

Legal fireworks may be only discharged in Lakewood on July 4th between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. 

Fireworks bought in other states, over the Internet, or from any other source are illegal.

To discourage residents from using skyrockets, firecrackers and other illegal fireworks this coming July 4th, the City of Lakewood is promoting a new public education and enforcement campaign with several new or enhanced approaches:
•         New graphics and educational materials to explain the dangers that people pose to themselves, their children and their neighbors by using illegal fireworks.
•         The city is enhancing its current fine of $1,000 for illegal fireworks use by adding a $250 Fire Marshal disposal fee and other charges that will double the penalty to $2,000 or more.
•         The city is paying for extra Sheriff’s Deputies to patrol on July 4th to shut down illegal fireworks displays and issue citations to those responsible, including property owners. Last year, Sheriff’s Deputies issued 77 citations for illegal fireworks use in Lakewood, with many citations for $1,000.

 “Families and neighborhood gatherings can have a perfectly good and patriotic time with ‘safe and sane’ fireworks like fountains and cones,” says Lakewood City Manager Thaddeus McCormack. “I encourage Lakewood residents to have fun this July 4th but to not patronize events with illegal fireworks, like skyrockets, firecrackers and explosives. Those illegal fireworks can cause injury, death, house fires…and a major legal headache and cost.”

Do your part as a good neighbor to celebrate July 4th responsibly and discourage the use of dangerous illegal fireworks in Lakewood.