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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday July 4th, 2012 :: 06:57 a.m. PDT

4th of July Fireworks Safety

Nature of Incident: Firework safety
Report Number: N/A
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Independence Day 2012
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

As people throughout the county celebrate the Independence Day holiday tomorrow, the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents that all fireworks are illegal to possess or use throughout the county with the exception of the city of Fillmore, which allows only designated “Safe and Sane” fireworks to be purchased and used within the city limits.

With the dry conditions and recent wildfires burning in several Western states, the use of fireworks poses an extreme fire danger in our communities. Deputies will be actively enforcing laws pertaining to the possession or use of illegal fireworks. Depending on the type or amount of fireworks, violators could be subject to citation or arrest.

Another problem that occurs on Independence Day is the use of firearms for celebratory purposes. The discharge of any firearm or BB device in a grossly negligent manner is a misdemeanor in the state of California and is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.

The best way to enjoy fireworks and other local festivities is to attend one of the many organized community events listed here:

Residents can report firework violations in Sheriff’s jurisdictions by calling our communications center at (805) 654-9511, or 9-1-1 in an emergency situation.

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: July 3, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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