Don’t Be THAT Neighbor: Firework Rules & Restrictions


After a year off from professional Fourth of July celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday traditions big and small will return to California neighborhoods this year.

Fireworks go on sale in California on June 28, and nearly 300 communities allow “Safe and Sane” fireworks. The “Safe and Sane” seal indicates the firework is approved by authorities and legal to sell and use. It’s important for Californians to know the law and understand the hazards of fireworks before setting them off.

Fireworks can cause serious damage and injuries if they’re not used correctly. As California enters wildfire season, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) reminds Californians to understand how flying sparks or embers can cause a fire.

Know the Law:

California has a zero-tolerance policy for selling and using illegal fireworks. It’s illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks without the “Safe and Sane” seal. It’s also against the law to possess or use fireworks in a community where they’re not permitted.

Illegal fireworks include:

  • Sky rockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Aerial shells
  • Firecrackers

Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner are also illegal in the state.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks
  • Always read directions
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Never use fireworks near dry grass or other flammable materials
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby

Fireworks Injury Prevention Tips:

  • Never place your body over a firework when lighting the fuse
  • Stand several feet away from a lit firework
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Never attempt to re-light fireworks
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets

Protect Your Pets:

While many people enjoy the loud booms and flashing lights of fireworks, it can be terrifying and overwhelming for animals. On the Fourth of July, many pets run when they hear the noises and get lost. There are a few things pet owners can do to help animals keep their cool:

  • Keep all pets away from fireworks
  • If possible, place them in a room with no windows and turn on a TV or music
  • Ask your veterinarian for medications or techniques to help ease your pet’s fear
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion & heat stroke in your pets
  • Make sure all pets have a collar and microchip


State Fire Marshal: Fireworks Program, 4th of July Safety

Cal Fire: Ready for Wildfire Fireworks Safety

ASPCA: Pets & Fireworks Safety