Stiff penalties for illegal use
As the Fourth of July approaches, the City of Lancaster, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Fire Department want to remind residents about the importance of fireworks safety.
All fireworks, even those dubbed “Safe and Sane,” are illegal throughout Lancaster. Each year, fireworks pose a significant risk to public safety, causing numerous injuries, property damage, and distress to both humans and animals. In addition, those participating in this illegal activity can incur significant fines of up to $1,000, citation, and arrest.
"We understand the joy and excitement that fireworks can bring, but it is crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community," said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. "By avoiding the use of personal fireworks and joining us for the City's fireworks show at the AV Fair & Event Center, residents can enjoy a spectacular display while adhering to the law and protecting themselves and their neighbors."
The City of Lancaster strongly encourages residents to report any illegal fireworks usage within city limits to help maintain everyone's safety. Residents can call the fireworks hotline at (661) 723-6132 to report incidents, providing the exact address or cross streets for effective action by the Sheriff's deputies.
To enhance public safety,fireworks use is now included in the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance. The Sheriff's Department determines what qualifies as a nuisance. When the Lancaster Sheriff's Station receives four calls about a nuisance at the same location, a warning letter is sent to the owner. Subsequent nuisance calls will result in a $1,000 fine per call, with each fireworks-related call treated as a separate incident. This approach addresses community concerns and ensures public safety.
To celebrate Independence Day responsibly, join the City of Lancaster on July 4 at the AV Fair & Event Center for an outstanding fireworks experience. Admission to the fireworks show is free for all, so bring your family and friends to relax and indulge in the beauty of this community celebration.
To learn more about fireworks safety, call (888) 654-FIRE (3473) or visit www.fire.lacounty.gov. For information about illegal fireworks, call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at (661) 948-8466.
For more information about the City's free fireworks show or to report illegal fireworks activity, please visit the City of Lancaster's official website at www.cityoflancasterca.gov.