Have a Safe 4th of July

It is illegal to posess or shoot off fireworks in the City of Los Angeles.

With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. In 2003, six deaths were linked to fireworks and hospital emergency departments treated 9,300 fireworks injuries.

Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.

The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Although several cities around L.A. permit and allow the use of fireworks, it is illegal in Los Angeles. If you wish to see fireworks, attend one of the public fireworks shows. The nearest one is the Hansen Dam Fireworks on the 3rd and 4th.

More information on each show can be found on our event calendar.

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