In case you forgot, fireworks are illegal in Long Beach. Yes, even those marked “safe and sane,” according to local law enforcement.
As we celebrate the arrival of the New Year, Long Beach fire and police officials would like to remind the public of the city’s ordinance banning all fireworks.
“Although both departments seek voluntary compliance to ensure public safety, this duty often requires strict enforcement of all laws through arrest and citations,” fire officials stated.
That means anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may face a $1,000 fine, six-month jail sentence—or both. Depending on the fireworks’ classification, the fines and penalties may increase, officials noted.
However, families wishing to enjoy fireworks may do so by attending professionally-controlled firework shows to ensure safety of individuals and property, according to the LBFD.
Police officers will also be enforcing laws related to drinking—drinking in public, public intoxication, drunk driving, minors in possession of alcoholic beverages, underage drinking—and personal barbecues, which are prohibited in all city parks and beaches. City-installed barbecues are allowed to be used.
Department officials also ask parents to closely supervise their children, set expectations for proper behavior and “monitor their activities.”
Officials would like to remind the public, if you see something, say something. Call the Long Beach Emergency Communications Center at 562.435.6711 or 9-1-1 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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