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Zero Tolerance for Illegal Fireworks in Pasadena

by Pasadena Independent
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Violators Face Arrest and $50,000 Fine

The Pasadena Fire and Police Departments remind the public it is illegal to sell, use or possess fireworks in Pasadena. The City maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for fireworks. Violators are subject to arrest; impound of vehicles; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.

Instead, celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday with family and friends by attending the 89th annual “Americafest,” one of the best family-friendly, professional fireworks shows in Southern California at the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium. Go to www.rosebowlstadium.com for event and ticket information.

Plenty of family fun begins outside America’s Stadium at 2 p.m. Parking is $25 per vehicle. Gates open at 6 p.m. for Americafest, with live motorcycle stunts; a tribute to our military personnel; performances by Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience; the Ultimate Elvis Tribute show and Southern California’s largest fireworks show, Pyro Spectaculars ® by Souza.

If You See Something, Say Something! Call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities.

Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl Stadium to seize all fireworks.

The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying Phos-Chek Tuesday, June 16, to brush areas surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium. The main ingredients of this annual, preventative application of fire retardant are phosphates and fertilizers that help prevent trees and grasslands from burning and re-vegetate any burned wild land areas.

Pasadena’s Fire Chief Bertral Washington and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez urge everyone to make safety their top priority while responsibly celebrating our great nation’s birthday. The City offers the following safety reminders:

  • Pasadena has a “NO Fireworks, Zero Tolerance Policy” for enforcement.
  • Celebrate responsibility, always designate a driver.
  • If outdoors, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat for shade and stay hydrated.
  • Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all life-threatening emergencies.
  • Call (626) 744-4241for all other public safety needs. Speak calmly and give accurate information about your location and the reason for calling.
  • Visit readypasadena.netfor emergency preparedness information and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications.

In addition to stadium checkpoints, multiple units of a Fireworks Task Force will patrol Pasadena’s streets to confiscate fireworks and take appropriate enforcement action. Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded.

Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of all consumer products. Even sparklers, which many people consider safe, are very dangerous, reaching 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and can cause serious burns or start fires. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured from fireworks are under 15 years old. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show more than 90 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which are illegal in Pasadena.

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