Zero-Tolerance for Illegal Fireworks Citation Strategy

The 4th of July is right around the corner and enforcement teams will be out in full force once again this year.  Individuals caught possessing or  discharging illegal fireworks will receive a $2,000 citation.  Additionally, enforcement teams can also hold property owners equally responsible for allowing or not stopping their tenants and guests from discharging  illegal fireworks, with a citation subsequently sent in the mail.  

These enforcement efforts resulted in 111 citations last year and the City of Bellflower is again planning a zero-tolerance approach. The City of Bellflower is starting early to encourage all property owners to take a more active role in ensuring that family members and guests on their property refrain from using illegal fireworks this Fourth of July season. The City discourages illegal purchases - just don't do it. To learn more about illegal fireworks click here.

The Bellflower Municipal Code Section 8.16.010 states in part:  "It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, have in his/her possession, fire, set off, discharge or use, or cause or permit to be sold, offered for sale, possessed by such person, fired, set off, discharged or used, any fireworks unless such fireworks are classified as “safe and sane” by the State Fire Marshal…” 

To report illegal fireworks periodically occurring from a property in the days leading up to the 4th of July,  contact the Bellflower Sheriff Substation to add that location to an enforcement list (562-925-0124). On the 4th of July, contact the Lakewood Sheriff Station so that location can be  dispatched to the undercover enforcement team (562-623-3500). 

The City of Bellflower strongly encourages all property owners to take a more active role in ensuring that family members and guests on their property refrain from using illegal fireworks this Fourth of July season.  For any questions or concerns call (562) 925-0124. 

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