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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