Police issued 36 citations for fireworks on July 4 holiday

After weeks of promoting the city’s “Celebrate Safely” fireworks campaign, which reminded the public that all fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, the city has announced that the Long Beach Police Department has issued a total of 66 citations for fireworks since Memorial Day weekend.

A little over half of those citations, 36, were issued on the Fourth of July, according to a press release.

“The City takes seriously the job of enforcing the Long Beach Fireworks Ordinance,” city spokesman Kevin Lee said in the release.

The police and fire departments had also seized nearly 10,000 pounds of fireworks and arrested eight people since Memorial Day weekend. The city ordinance bans all fireworks, including sparklers and “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

“Amateur fireworks, including sparklers, cause tens of millions of dollars annually in property damage, and result in many injuries, the majority of which are suffered by children,” Lee said. He noted that fireworks in residential areas can trigger flashbacks for veterans and gun violence survivors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The 911 and non-emergency dispatch center was also inundated with calls on and before the holiday with 639 fireworks-related calls from July 1 through July 4, a decrease from 979 last year. For the 24 hours of the holiday, the Dispatch Center handled 3,525 total calls and 765 calls-for-service, according to the release.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.