The Sheriff from both LA and Ventura counties wants to remind people today that all fireworks are illegal to possess or use throughout the county with the exception of the city of Fillmore, which allows only designated “Safe and Sane” fireworks to be purchased and used within the city limits.

This is particularly of importance with the recent dry conditions and wildfires burning in several Western states. Deputies will be actively enforcing laws pertaining to the possession or use of illegal fireworks. Depending on the type or amount of fireworks, violators could be subject to citation or arrest.

Another problem that occurs on Independence Day is the use of firearms for celebratory purposes. The discharge of any firearm or BB device in a grossly negligent manner is a misdemeanor in the state of California and is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.

The best way to enjoy fireworks and other local festivities is to attend one of the many organized community events listed here:

For any questions, call your local Sheriff station.