Say NO to Illegal Fireworks

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Fontana California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2020

Say NO to Illegal Fireworks

Fireworks

Fontana, Calif.- As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the City of Fontana, Fontana Police Department, and San Bernardino County Fire Department have launched an awareness and enforcement campaign to prevent the use, sale and possession of illegal fireworks.

The "Say NO to Illegal Fireworks" multi-agency campaign will have continued educational messaging throughout the holiday season across our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor), and on our website at www.fontana.org/fireworks. 

Outreach also includes digital billboard ads on the I-10 and I-210, banners throughout the City, and magnetic signs on Police patrol cars, city-owned vehicles, and fire-owned vehicles. 

"Between wildfires and public safety, we're not taking any chances. Fines for possession and use of illegal fireworks range from $2,500 to $10,000," said Fontana Police Department Sergeant Kellen Guthrie. "You can do your part to prevent the use of illegal fireworks in Fontana by purchasing and using Safe and Sane fireworks where permissible." 

Residents can report illegal fireworks to (909) 350-7700 or WeTip hotline at 1-800-47-Arson.

While Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed within the majority of Fontana's city limits, all fireworks including Safe and Sane are prohibited in Fontana's high fire hazard area. Per municipal code section 15-616, property in the city north of Summit Avenue, west of I-15 and east of Lytle Creek Road is deemed a high fire hazard area. To find out if you live in Fontana's high fire hazard area, where all fireworks are prohibited, visit the City of Fontana's fireworks information webpage (www.fontana.org/fireworks) to view the boundary map. 

Residents who plan on purchasing fireworks must purchase Safe and Sane fireworks. Sale of these fireworks are permitted only from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 28, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily on June 29 through July 5. Safe and Sane fireworks can only be used between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on the days which these fireworks are sold. 

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is currently underway with confiscations of illegal fireworks. "In June thus far, we have seized approximately 8,500 pounds of illegal fireworks in the County, of which 7,000 pounds were seized in the first two hours," said Fire Marshal Mike Horton.

Fireworks not in direct control of the operator or that explode, shoot into the air, move along the ground and are not approved by the California State Fire Marshal are deemed dangerous, and are illegal everywhere in the state of California. 

"Before setting off a firework, I urge you to think of your neighbors, your pets, and all those who are impacted by the sudden noise. The City of Fontana will not tolerate illegal fireworks, and those with these fireworks will be cited. Be sure to celebrate responsibly, safely, and above all, respectfully," stated Mayor Acquanetta Warren. 

Due to the evolving situation of COVID-19, the City of Fontana will be celebrating differently this year. Rather than large citywide fireworks display, we encourage you celebrate with your family with exciting at-home events provided by the Community Services Department. More details to follow. 

For more information about the use of fireworks, please visit www.fontana.org/fireworks or call the Fireworks Information Line at (909) 356-7101. 


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