By Susan A. Neufeld
San Bernardino County – A San Bernardino County multi-agency task force led by San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Investigations Unit seized 7,500 pounds of dangerous and illegal fireworks during operations conducted on June 3 and 4. Fire Investigators issued 40 citations, totaling $450,000 in fines for possession of illegal fireworks.
San Bernardino County is facing a dangerous wildland fire season. The San Bernardino County Fire Department (SBCoFD) is partnering with law enforcement agencies to increase its vigilance in enforcing state and county firework laws in order to protect public health and safety. Fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use, possession, or storage of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense and the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored, or used on their property.
NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED
No fireworks are allowed in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, which includes the mountain communities.
San Bernardino County Fire and U.S. Forest Service are reminding residents, visitors and campers that fireworks are prohibited at all times. Fireworks can be beautiful and they can be part of America’s birthday celebration, but they can be deadly, unpredictable and are only for professionals. Fire agencies are encouraging everyone to attend public fireworks shows in Crestline (July 1), Lake Arrowhead (July 3), and Big Bear (July 4). All three shows are slated to begin at 9:00 p.m.
If you see anyone discharging personal fireworks — including the “safe and sane” variety sold at some locations off the hill — call 9-1-1 immediately.