Santa Rosa Fire Department Reminds the
Public of Fireworks Ban
Nothing kicks off the summer season like the 4th of July holiday. It is an enjoyable time that includes all the things we love such as warmer weather, friends and family, great food and grand pyrotechnic displays.
An extreme fire hazard condition related to dried grasses and vegetation has been highlighted this year by the severe drought we are experiencing statewide. Santa Rosa residents have been receiving information about the drought for months, and the extreme drought coupled with illegal fireworks use could be a disaster.
The Santa Rosa Fire Department would like to remind residents that the possession, storage, sale, and use of all fireworks is illegal* within the City of Santa Rosa. It is also illegal to purchase “Safe and Sane” fireworks from neighboring cities such as Cloverdale, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and Sebastopol and then bring them into our City.
Violation of the City’s Fireworks ordinance will result in criminal prosecution, which includes fines up to $500.00. Violation of laws regarding dangerous fireworks will result in immediate enforcement action, which could include a citation with fines up to $1,000.00 or arrest depending on the violation. All fireworks will be considered contraband and confiscated for disposal in accordance with guidelines established by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Another concern with the use of fireworks is that approximately 30% of the City of Santa Rosa is located within the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area and the use of fireworks in these areas poses a significant threat to our City. We are fortunate to reside in such a beautiful area surrounded by wild lands, so please help us keep our City safe by not using fireworks within Santa Rosa or other jurisdictions where they are prohibited.
The Santa Rosa Fire Department encourages residents to celebrate and enjoy a safe 4th of July and leave the show to the professionals. There are many professional public fireworks displays scheduled around the County. In Santa Rosa, citizens are encouraged to attend the Red, White and Boom celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on July 4th. For more information about this special event please visit the Red, White and Boom website or visit http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us for more information.
The 4th of July is a wonderful American tradition; remember to celebrate safely and legally.
*City of Santa Rosa City Code: 18-44.5608.3 - Sale, use or discharge of fireworks prohibited - Exception: (1) Exception for public display of fireworks authorized pursuant to this section, it is unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer, or expose for sale, sell at retail, give away or in any manner dispose of any fireworks, or to use, explode, or otherwise discharge any fireworks.