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Make Firework Safety a Priority

Independence Day will be celebrated next month all across the nation, and the City of Bellflower encourages all residents to have fun in a safe and responsible manner. Bellflower Municipal Code Section 8.16.010 makes it illegal to "use, possess, or transport any fireworks that are not classified as Safe and Sane." 

If your celebrations include fireworks, by law, they must bear the "Safe and Sane" label, and the seal must say "State of California State Fire Marshall."    

"Safe and Sane" fireworks generally refer to fireworks which do not explode or shoot into the air, such as fountains, sparklers, smoke balls or snakes. Fireworks not sold at a community sales booth but originally were purchased in Nevada, from another state back east, Mexico, or over the internet, are almost always illegal. If they explode or shoot into the air, they are illegal in California. 

In Bellflower, "Safe and Sane" fireworks may only be discharged July 1st through July 5th. If you suspect or observe someone storing   illegal fireworks, contact the City's fireworks tip hotline at (562) 925-0124 ext. 2532 or log onto www.bellflower.org and send an e-mail using the Safety Citizen  Contact Form under the Public Safety Department. If you observe someone discharging illegal fireworks, call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at (562) 623-3500, and a patrol unit will respond to your area.  You may choose to remain anonymous if you’d like.

Penalties for the use or possession of illegal fireworks will be $1,000 or more. Possession of a larger amount of illegal fireworks may result in a felony charge. Again this year, Sheriff's deputies will be out in full force in both marked and unmarked cars looking for kids and adults using illegal fireworks.

Be sure to remember the safety of your pet!

• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.

• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.

• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.

• Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.