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Stay Safe and Sane

As July 4th approaches, the City of Visalia’s Police and Fire Departments remind citizens that illegal and dangerous fireworks are prohibited.

“Our department works in conjunction with the Fire Department on the fireworks detail,” says Jason Salazar, Visalia Chief of Police. “Our mission is to enforce local and State regulations on the possession and use of illegal and dangerous fireworks and to ensure the safety of our community and their property.”

In May of this year, the Visalia City Council adopted Ordinance 2017-05, revising Chapter 8.24 and amending the existing Ordinance to include an Administrative Citation for the use of fireworks that are classified as “Dangerous Fireworks” by the State of California.

The dangerous fireworks fine will be $1,000 for the first violation and fine, $2,000 for the second violation and $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

“Bottom line, these fireworks are dangerous to the person using them and people nearby, and the risk for fire and significant property damage is high,” adds Doug McBee, Visalia Fire Chief. “Rarely are these type fireworks ever bought by mistake, people deliberately obtain these devices with the intent to use them.”

Individuals who are found to be in possession of over 25 pounds of dangerous or illegal fireworks will have criminal charges filed instead of the administrative citation process. Any firework that flies in the air, darts across the ground or explodes is considered illegal in California.

“If it doesn't have the California State Fire Marshal seal on the packaging, it's illegal,” states McBee. “Firecrackers and bottle rockets, both of which have started fires every year, are included in this. We want people to know that you will be held responsible for any damage you may do related to the use of illegal fireworks.”

California State Fire Marshal approved Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed to be sold and used in the City of Visalia.

For more information on firework safety, visit www.visalia.cityor call the Visalia Fire Department, Monday through Friday during regular business hours, at 713-4266 or at 713-4244 after 5 p.m. and on weekends. 

If you suspect illegal fireworks usage and want to remain anonymous call our tip line at 734-5302 or report the tip online at http://www.visalia.city/depts/police/submit_an_anonymous_tip.asp. If you feel it needs to be reported immediately call (559) 734-8116 or in the event it is an emergency, call 911.

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