- Sunday June 24th, 2012 :: 04:37 p.m. PDT
Simi Valley Police Department July 4th Fireworks Reporting Tip Line.
Due to the dry conditions this year, unlawful fireworks displays during the July 4th holiday period continue to pose a significant threat to the health and safety of our community. In an effort to reduce potential injuries and property damage, the Simi Valley Police Department asks all citizens to comply with local laws and ordinances prohibiting the possession and discharge of fireworks within the City.
Each year, the Simi Valley Police Department increases its enforcement posture during the July 4th holiday season. This has resulted in illegal fireworks being seized from numerous locations, and last year marked a noticeable decrease in fireworks violations over prior years. Over the past two years, the Department has issued 25 citations for fireworks related incidents. The base fine for a fireworks infraction starts at $100, while misdemeanor base fines start at $2,500 for each violation. Depending on prior convictions, fines for misdemeanors can reach as high as approximately $10,000.
In an effort to reduce fireworks violations on the July 4th and in the days leading up to the holiday, the Simi Valley Police Department, with the assistance and cooperation of the Ventura County Fire Department, will be aggressively enforcing laws prohibiting the possession and discharge of fireworks over the holiday period.
Citizens who have knowledge of any pre-planned unlawful fireworks display may report the information to the Police Department by calling 805-583-6151. This is a recorded line only and will not be answered by a live person. Callers can anonymously leave a message or send the information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Officers will review the information and make contact with potential violators, educating them on the fire dangers and legal consequences of discharging illegal fireworks in the City. Additional steps will also be taken to monitor these areas for violations with an emphasis on prosecution. Residents who need a Police Officer to respond to in-progress fireworks violations should contact the Police Department at 805-527-2911. With this year’s dry conditions, we each need to do our part to make this July 4th a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone.
Original Release: June 21, 2012
Simi Valley Police Department
3901 Alamo St
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Lieutenant Stephanie Shannon