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Council may crack down on illegal fireworks

Posted: July 4, 2008 12:48 a.m.
Updated: September 4, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Days after fireworks whistle and crackle throughout the Santa Clarita Valley skies, City Council members will take a look at a proposed ordinance that would allow sheriff’s deputies to impose fines on those launching fireworks illegally within the city limits.

The city already has a ban on fireworks, but authorities only have the ability to issue a citation, according to a city staff report. The ordinance, which was recommended to the city by the Sheriff’s Department, would allow deputies to fine violators $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each additional offense. The fireworks would also be confiscated and destroyed.

Exceptions to the ordinance would be a professionally run public fireworks show, use of fireworks for filming purposes if a permit is issued, flares and fuses used in roadway emergencies and the use of blank cartridges for theatrical or athletic events and military ceremonies.

In 2007, there were approximately 641 separate incidents involving explosives and fireworks throughout the state, according to the state Fire Marshall’s office. There were two injuries and one death. Nationally, about half of the injuries from firecrackers, rockets and sparklers are seen in those under 20 years of age.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers.


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