Legal or Not, Fireworks Are Too Risky for Amateurs
As the July 4 holiday approaches, the Santa Monica Fire Department reminds everyone that ALL types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may be used ONLY in the city in which they are purchased.
Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh results of amateur fireworks use. To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices, ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets, cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.
“Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA assistant vice president of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond to.”
Public fireworks displays by trained professionals are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for everyone because they are conducted under controlled settings and regulations. Following these displays, or at any other time, children should be cautioned to never pick up fireworks that may be left over, and to tell an adult if they find fireworks.
Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active.
Santa Monicans and everyone on the Westside can enjoy a spectacular and safe fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars on Saturday, June 30, at Santa Monica College’s “Celebrate America” festival honoring Independence Day. The only celebration of its kind in Santa Monica, gates open at 5 p.m., the entertainment starts at 6 p.m., and the fireworks begin at dusk. Located on Corsair Field, at 16th Street and Pico Boulevard, “Celebrate America” is free (but donations are welcome). Parking is just $5. For more information, call 310.434.3000.
Remember, all fireworks should be left to professionals!