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Fireworks Are Still Illegal in Pasadena
At a recent press conference, Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustine said, “On the heels of last year’s worst fire season on record, we’re already in drought conditions and poised for another really bad summer.”
With Independence Day celebrations around the corner, home firework “shows” can lead to unintended fires or serious physical injury. The area’s surrounding brush areas are at high risk of catching fire and quickly spreading during the hot, dry summer. Just on June 17th, a brush fire near the Art Center College of Design spread to an acre before the Pasadena, Glendale and Los Angeles County fire departments extinguished it.
City officials remind Pasadena residents that owning or setting off illegal fireworks at home is – illegal.
Since 2018, Pasadena’s illegal fireworks municipal code makes tenants and property owners responsible for permitting the possession, sale, usage, or discharge of fireworks on their property. Responsible parties can be prosecuted for fireworks offense; they can also be responsible for restitution for the costs of safe disposal of confiscated fireworks.
Residents with illegal fireworks are subject to arrest; vehicles impound; and could serve up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. Officials warn that even first-time fireworks offenders could be subject to a $350 fine and an additional $500 fine if caught setting them off.

The Pasadena Fire Department will be on high alert with increase patrols on July 2-4 to control any illegal fireworks usage.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 90 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by “safe and sane” fireworks, like sparklers. These are still illegal in Pasadena. Sparklers are considered dangerous because they can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and cause serious burns or fires.

Call the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276 for further information on illegal fireworks in Pasadena.

The 95th Annual Rose Bowl’s AmericaFest fireworks show is a safer way to see a spectacular fireworks show; the AmericaFest is the city’s first major event since coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

America Fest Rose Bowl Pasadena

National Fire Protection Association: 90% of fireworks-related injuries are caused by “safe and sane” fireworks, like sparklers.
These are still illegal in Pasadena.

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