As the Fourth of July draws closer, Azusa City Councilmembers, Azusa Police Department, and Los Angeles County Fire Department would like to remind residents to use caution to ensure a safe Fourth of July Holiday. If your celebration is going to include fireworks, only use the Safe and Sane variety in legally designated areas of the City.
Please be aware that the City has a strict fireworks ordinance that restricts the use of safe and sane fireworks and imposes severe penalties for any violations. Violation of State fireworks laws is a misdemeanor and is punishable by fines or up to one-year incarceration in county jail. On July Fourth, the Azusa Police Department will be enforcing all applicable city and state laws and issuing citations for administrative fines beginning at $1,000 and up to $5,000.
The Azusa City Council has made a significant change to the Azusa Municipal Code regarding illegal fireworks. The City is imposing zero tolerance for illegal fireworks displays with a minimum $1,000 fine for a first infraction. Fine amounts increase to $2,000 for a second infraction and $5,000 for any subsequent infraction. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, and mortars are all illegal! The discharge of these types of displays is strictly prohibited in Azusa.
Safe and Sane fireworks may only be discharged on July fourth from noon to midnight and only in residential zones. It is against the law to discharge fireworks anywhere north of Sierra Madre Avenue, in City parks, parking lots, alleys, or in schools. To purchase safe and sane fireworks, you must be at least eighteen years of age.
The sale of fireworks starts at noon on July 1st. Remember to wear your mask and social distance while making your purchase. For more information, please call the Fourth of July Hotline at 626-812-5010.
The 4th of July is a time to be with family and friends, please celebrate safely and responsibly.