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Only Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed in the City of Blythe

June 29, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif The Blythe Police Department urges the community of Blythe to remember, only Safe and Sane fireworks fountains and others that dont leave the ground are allowed in the City of Blythe. The Blythe Police Department has a no tolerance rule and will be enforcing all laws regarding persons in possession of illegal fireworks.

The Police Department has had complaints from residents about illegal fireworks and how hard it is on pets, seniors and others. We urge everyone to be considerate of those sensitive to fireworks and your neighbors.

How to tell the difference. Look for the seal of the California State Fire Marshal and the words, "Safe. . . Sane," on each piece of fireworks, as well as on the packaging. This means that they have been listed as safe for use (in accordance with all manufacturer's instructions) in the State of California where local laws permit their sale and use.

Fireworks that explode, shoot through the air, move along the ground, including skyrockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers of all types, Roman candles, etc., have always been illegal in California. Penalties for those caught storing, selling, or using these types of fireworks can include a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail.

Many illegal fireworks have wording such as "D.O.T. approved," etc. Don't be misled by these phrases; they do NOT make such fireworks legal in California. If the seal of the State Fire Marshal and the words, "Safe. . .Sane," do not appear on fireworks, they should not be used.

If an item does not bear this seal. It is illegal!

Here are a few safety tips for residents to go by to have a safe and fun 4th of July.

  • Always use Safe and Sane fireworks with an adult present.

  • Only use Safe & Sane fireworks approved with State Fire Marshal seal.

  • Always read and follow the directions on the label.

  • Use Safe & Sane fireworks outdoors only, away from dry grass and flammable materials.

  • Do not give fireworks to young children under any circumstances, even a sparkler burns at 1,200F. Hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.

  • Light Safe and Sane fireworks one at a time.

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

  • Never alter, take apart, attempt to fix, or relight malfunctioning fireworks.

  • Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies and for dousing misfired fireworks.

The Blythe Police Department ask that residents enjoy the Fourth of July but be safe while doing it and to obey all laws.

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