The vote will allow the city attorney’s office to issue municipal citations and seek the cost of recovery for police, fire, and other city personnel from those violating the law.
The proposal would expand who could be cited for illegal fireworks and up the penalty.
People applying for the $100 permit can get it for free, but they have to pledge the party will be a fireworks-free zone. All fireworks are illegal in the city.
Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan is proposing the city waive the $100 permit fees this year for block parties as a way to get more eyes on the streets, she said Wednesday.
A total of 13 people were cited for fireworks use on the Fourth of July and now city leaders are looking to stiffer fines and better enforcement to ensure a more peaceful holiday next year.
With many changes already in place, the City Council wants to see how it can better enforce the city’s fireworks ban this year and in the future.
Residents can use the online portal to report addresses that are lighting off illegal fireworks and upload video or photo evidence to aid in the prosecution of those cases.
The item calls for a number of things including exploring increasing the city’s baseline fine of $1,000, tying fines to property owners rather than the person who is lighting the fireworks and creating additional opportunities for residents to report fireworks.
“The fireworks used now cause fear because people don’t know if they’re bombs or not,” said an administrator of the newly formed Long Beach Against Illegal Fireworks community Facebook page. “They’re not Gramma’s fireworks—they’re heavy on explosives.”
Two men, an 82-year-old resident of Paramount, and his son, a 54-year-old man from West Covina, were detained in connection with the fireworks and could face felony charges. Police did not release their names.