For many, the Fourth of July holiday means fireworks. Officials remind residents, however, that in much of the Antelope Valley, use of all fireworks, including the “safe and sane” variety, is illegal and subject to fines.
All types of fireworks are outlawed in Lancaster and any of the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Quartz Hill, Littlerock, Lake Los Angeles, Pearblossom, Acton, Aqua Dulce and the Lakes communities.
The City of Palmdale is the only area in the Los Angeles County portion of the Valley where legal, “safe and sane” fireworks are allowed, but not in all areas of the city. All fireworks are prohibited generally in the Anaverde area, areas south of the California Aquaduct and certain locations on the city’s west side, primarily in Rancho Vista.
An interactive map showing the excluded area is available on the city website, www.cityofpalmdale.org. Residents may type in their address and see if the legal fireworks are allowed where they live.
Illegal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in the Valley, and in Palmdale they may carry fines of up to $10,000.
Illegal fireworks include all those that become airborne or explode.
Fines for illegal use in Palmdale begin at $2,500 for the first offense and climb to $5,000 for the second and $10,000 for the third.
In Lancaster, fireworks fines range from $500 to $2,500 per citation.
To report illegal fireworks, residents are urged to call the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or the Lancaster Sheriff Station at 661-948-8466. Tips may also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Illegal fireworks may also be reported to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which has a hotline at 888-654-FIRE (3473).