Did you know that California actually has two different categories of fireworks?
The first category of fireworks and the one everyone would prefer that you work with is referred to as “safe and sane fireworks.” Most of us are perfectly happy using safe and sane fireworks. These are the simple yet satisfying light shows that you can put on in your own backyard. They include things like snap caps, sparklers, small little rockets that only travel a few feet into the sky, fountains, and spinners. The simple things that pretty much anyone can figure out how to operate safely.
California’s dangerous fireworks are more complicated. These are the fireworks that create the bigger light show. California lawmakers consider fireworks that exceed ten inches in length and a quarter-inch in diameter to be dangerous. More importantly, they’re illegal.
While safe and sane fireworks are perfectly legal for you to purchase and use in the comfort of your own backyard, they’re still heavily restricted. To sell safe and sane fireworks, vendors must be properly licensed. They are also only allowed to sell the fireworks from June 28th through July 6. If you want to purchase the safe and sane fireworks, you’ll need to get to the store as close to that June 28th date as possible. Anyone who can’t prove that they are at least 16 years old will not be allowed to purchase the fireworks.
When it comes to what California lawmakers consider dangerous fireworks, you shouldn’t have them at all. It’s illegal for you to have dangerous fireworks.
If you’re caught with a large number of dangerous fireworks in California, you’ll face serious legal ramifications. The large quantity of fireworks means you’re facing felony charges. If convicted, the maximum sentence is three years in a state prison and/or a $50,000 fine.
If you plan on purchasing and setting off any fireworks this season, you first need to check your local government ordinances. Some cities and counties, including Los Angeles County, have banned even the types of fireworks the state considers to be safe and sane. Before lighting up your small stash of safe and sane fireworks, make sure you’re not about to break any local ordinances that could result in misdemeanor charges.
Your local fire department will be able to provide you with detailed information about local firework laws and restrictions.