fireworks ban

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The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD), in conjunction with the Brentwood Police Department, Oakley Police Department and Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, reminds all county residents that Contra Costa County is a fireworks-free zone. The sale, possession and use of fireworks of all types and sizes, including “safe & sane” fireworks, are banned in the county (County Ordinance 44-2.002). This includes the unincorporated areas as well as the cities.

ECCFPD and its allied agencies also have a zero-tolerance policy on the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Fireworks that are illegal state-wide include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and any type of firework that explodes, goes into the air or moves on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

Officers and deputy sheriffs will confiscate fireworks of all kinds. Besides being illegal, fireworks have caused fires, serious injuries and even death. Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states or over the internet are illegal to use or possess in Contra Costa County. Offenders face a citation and up to $500 in fines. Possession of dangerous fireworks — like M-80s or cherry bombs — constitutes a felony and could result in fines up to $5,000 and imprisonment.

Users risk injuries such as severe burns, amputation, blindness, disfigurement and even death by manufacturing or using these dangerous fireworks. Illegal explosive devices, commonly referred to as M-80s, quarter-sticks or cherry bombs often come in plain brown, red, silver or white wrappers, with no identifying marks. The manufacturers of these illegal explosive devices do not follow any quality control or safety standards, which makes the devices extremely dangerous. They can be highly unstable. Heat, shock or pressure can trigger accidental detonation.

For more information on the ECCFPD, visit their website: eccfpd.org.

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