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Palmdale City Council approves Safe and Sane fireworks sales


Immediately report illegal fireworks displays

The Palmdale City Council has approved 36 Safe and Sane firework booth permits during the council meeting on Wednesday, June 7, and reminded residents to only use fireworks where and when it is legal and safe. The City of Palmdale is one of a handful of municipalities in Los Angeles County where people can buy and use Safe and Sane fireworks for their Fourth of July celebrations.

Fireworks clearly labeled with the Safe and Sane seal go on sale and are only legal to use in the City of Palmdale from noon on Wednesday, June 28 through noon on Wednesday, July 5. Using these fireworks outside of this time frame is considered illegal and subject to fines.

Everyone is reminded that they will face fines if caught using fireworks illegally within Palmdale city limits.

“Illegal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in Palmdale or in the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley,” said Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt during the press conference held at City Hall. “The fines for using illegal fireworks in Palmdale start at $2,500 for the first offense, $5,000 for the second offense and $10,000 for the third offense. These fines are cumulative and may result in a total of $17,500 and possible criminal charges.”

Last year in June and July, in partnership with the LASD, City field officers responded to 197 illegal fireworks complaints resulting in the confiscation of 920.5 pounds of illegal fireworks, 72 citations, and 57 educational door hangers left at residences.

All reports of the illegal use or sale of fireworks can be made anonymously. To file a report, use the following information:

•  To report the use of illegal fireworks at a specific address or location, please contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at (661) 272-2400.

•  To report the illegal fireworks without a specific address or location or the sale of illegal fireworks, contact Code Enforcement at (661) 267-5234.

“I want to invite everyone to enjoy the Fireworks Celebration that the City of Palmdale will host on Saturday, July 1 at the Amphitheater,” concluded Mayor Bettencourt. “It really is the best way to celebrate.”

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