By Susan A. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – The San Bernardino County Fire Department has issued FIREWORKS ALERT!
Possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law in any unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.
NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED
The law states that no fireworks or pyrotechnic device of any kind may be discharged anywhere within the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest, regardless of weather conditions or special holidays, such as Independence Day.
All regulations relating to fireworks are strictly enforced and each violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine or imprisonment, or both.
In addition, visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest are reminded that all approved campfires must be extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them unattended.
With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, the San Bernardino County Fire Department (SBCoFD) has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and county firework laws to protect public health and safety. Fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop attempts to smuggle tens of thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.
“Residents play and important role in our fireworks investigations. If you see something, say something. Call authorities at 9-1-1 or We Tip hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON to anonymously report illegal fireworks,” Fire Marshal Mike Horton said.