ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 13, 2018) — Fourth of July is a great time to honor our country and celebrate with family. Unfortunately, some use the holiday as an excuse for weeks of illegal fireworks use before, during and after the holiday.
We urge everyone in Anaheim to “Save it for the Fourth.” Fireworks are only allowed in the city on July 4 with fines up to $3,000 for illegal use any other time.
And remember, only Safe and Sane fireworks — fountains and others that don’t leave the ground — are allowed in central and west Anaheim on July 4. No fireworks of any kind are allowed in east Anaheim because of wildfire danger.
We are hearing from residents about illegal fireworks use and how hard it is on pets, veterans, seniors and others. We urge everyone to be considerate of those sensitive to fireworks and your neighbors.
Anaheim Police, Fire & Rescue and Code Enforcement teams are on alert for illegal fireworks use. For enforcement to be effective, we need to catch someone in the act, which can be difficult given the sporadic nature of fireworks use.
We can use your help. Residents can report illegal fireworks to Anaheim Police at (714) 765-1900.
With fireworks or any call to police, here are some tips that can help us:
Do not confront someone using illegal fireworks and always put your own safety first.
We wish we could say you won’t hear any more illegal fireworks in the next few weeks, but it is a reality that Anaheim and other cities deal with every Fourth of July.
You can do the Fourth right by only using Safe and Sane fireworks on July 4 and supporting schools and nonprofits selling them from stands in the central and western parts of the city.
Here are groups you can support:
Fireworks sales begin at noon on June 28 and go until 9 p.m. on July 4. The 16 community stands will be spread out across the central and western parts of the city. Find a map at Anaheim.net/fireworks.