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Fire Chief: Fireworks are illegal in Riverside County

 

Last updated 6/26/2019 at 2:54pm

Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Chief Shawn C. Newman would like to remind all citizens that Riverside County Ordinances 858 and 787 prohibit the use of any type of fireworks in Riverside County; including sparklers.

The cities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio are allowing the sale and use of State Fire Marshal approved "Safe and Sane' fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

Those purchasing fireworks within these cities must not transport, sell, possess, store, or set-off fireworks outside the cities where the fireworks are purchased.

Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Riverside County are enforcing zero tolerance for illegal fireworks. They will be confiscated. Persons caught with illegal fireworks are subject to arrest, citation, and/or fines.

In addition, anyone who causes a fire using fireworks may be held financially responsible for all fire suppression costs.

"We encourage all Riverside County residents and visitors to take advantage of the many festivities and public fireworks shows throughout the region, and please - avoid injury to yourself and others as well as the risk of starting a fire. Leave fireworks to the professionals," said Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Chief, Shawn C. Newman.

To report the use of illegal fireworks in non-emergency situations, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 776-1099 or (800) 950-2444. If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

For a listing of approved public, professional fireworks shows throughout Riverside County, please visit our website at http://www.rvcfire.org.

 

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