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PRESS RELEASE

City of Porterville                                                                                        
291 N. Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
www.ci.porterville.ca.us/newslist.php

For more information contact:
Yuriko Velarde, Administrative Analyst
yvelarde@ci.porterville.ca.us

July 1, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS AWARENESS FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY

With the Fourth of July approaching, the City of Porterville would like to encourage the community to plan ahead to enjoy a fun and safe holiday. Understanding the risks of using fireworks and abiding by the Safe and Sane Firework program is essential to personal safety. Safe and Sane fireworks are those that do not fall within the definition of dangerous or exempt and include the State of California Fire Marshal seal. The Porterville Fire Department has been enforcing this program in compliance with the California Health & Safety Code to ensure that fireworks sold within city limits are legal and are sold with the care and mindfulness of the significant dangers involved.

The City wants residents to know about firework safety and the permitted and prohibited use of fireworks to responsibly celebrate America’s Independence Day. Firework purchases within city limits can only be made from eligible organizations selling safe and sane fireworks. Firework sales began at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th and end at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th. Any firework not bearing the State seal, or that goes up in the air or explodes, is prohibited and illegal and any person caught using these will be issued a fine. The fine amounts for illegal fireworks begin at $2,500 and up to $10,000 per occurrence, while fines for the use of safe and sane fireworks outside the allowable time of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th range from $1,000 to $5,000. Any time that illegal fireworks are discharged, they pose a potential risk of fire and significant risk of injury.

It is also important to prepare when handling fireworks. When using fireworks, always have a bucket of water nearby, do no use fireworks near dry grass or flammable materials, never point or throw them and never allow children to handle them. Using fireworks improperly or irresponsibly can result in severe burns, amputations and even death. In addition to these hazards, the loud noises scare pets and the explosions can be harmful to people that suffer from post-traumatic stress. Always be mindful of surrounding neighbors and remember that illegal fireworks are not only dangerous but a nuisance to residents.

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