As July 4th approaches, fireworks stands are popping up around the city. But as the holiday nears, the City of Visalia’s Police and Fire Departments remind citizens that illegal fireworks are prohibited.
“Our department works in conjunction with the Fire Department on the illegal fireworks detail,” shares Jason Salazar, Visalia Chief of Police. “Our mission is to enforce local and State regulations on the possession and use of illegal fireworks and to ensure the safety of our community and their property.”
Earlier this year the Visalia City Council adopted a resolution approving an alternative administrative penalty for illegal fireworks violations. Now, individuals found in possession of fewer than 25 pounds of illegal fireworks will face a $1,000 fine.
“Illegal 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 illegal 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
For more information on firework safety, visit www.visalia.city or 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.