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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Fireworks: Save it for the Fourth

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 13, 2018) — Fourth of July is a great time to honor our country and celebrate with family. Unfortunately, some use the holiday as an excuse for weeks of illegal fireworks use before, during and after the holiday.

We urge everyone in Anaheim to “Save it for the Fourth.” Fireworks are only allowed in the city on July 4 with fines up to $3,000 for illegal use any other time.

And remember, only Safe and Sane fireworks — fountains and others that don’t leave the ground — are allowed in central and west Anaheim on July 4. No fireworks of any kind are allowed in east Anaheim because of wildfire danger.

We are hearing from residents about illegal fireworks use and how hard it is on pets, veterans, seniors and others. We urge everyone to be considerate of those sensitive to fireworks and your neighbors.

Anaheim Police, Fire & Rescue and Code Enforcement teams are on alert for illegal fireworks use. For enforcement to be effective, we need to catch someone in the act, which can be difficult given the sporadic nature of fireworks use.

We can use your help. Residents can report illegal fireworks to Anaheim Police at (714) 765-1900.

With fireworks or any call to police, here are some tips that can help us:

  • Where possible, provide an address or a good landmark for officers, such as two houses west of a school.
  • Where possible, provide a description of those involved and what they are doing.
  • In cases where someone is having a party and using illegal fireworks, let the dispatcher know you are willing to sign a complaint if you’re comfortable doing so.

Do not confront someone using illegal fireworks and always put your own safety first.

We wish we could say you won’t hear any more illegal fireworks in the next few weeks, but it is a reality that Anaheim and other cities deal with every Fourth of July.

You can do the Fourth right by only using Safe and Sane fireworks on July 4 and supporting schools and nonprofits selling them from stands in the central and western parts of the city.

Here are groups you can support:

  • West Anaheim Little League
  • The Rotary Club of Anaheim
  • Goals Academy
  • Anaheim Small Business Organization
  • Anaheim Host Lions Club
  • Calvary Chapel Northgrove
  • Anaheim First Christian Church
  • Bethesda University Soccer
  • Anaheim High School Band Boosters
  • Canyon High School Education Foundation
  • Esperanza High School Aquatics Boosters
  • Katella High School Band Boosters
  • Loara High School Band Boosters
  • Magnolia High School Band Boosters
  • Savanna High School Football Boosters
  • Western High School Aquatics Boosters

Fireworks sales begin at noon on June 28 and go until 9 p.m. on July 4. The 16 community stands will be spread out across the central and western parts of the city. Find a map at

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