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The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District in conjunction with the Brentwood Police, Oakley Police, and Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff would like to inform the public that Contra Costa County is a ‘fireworks-free zone’; the sale, possession or 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.

East Contra Costa Fire and its allied agencies have a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

Officers and Deputy Sheriffs on patrol will confiscate all fireworks. Besides being illegal in Contra Costa County, 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 could also face up to $500 in fines. Possession of dangerous fireworks, like M80’s or cherry bombs, constitute a felony and could result in fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment. Violators may either receive a citation in the case of a misdemeanor, or they could be booked in jail for felony use or possession of fireworks.

Users risk injury, disfigurement, or death by manufacturing or using them. Illegal explosive devices commonly referred to as M-80’s, 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. Additionally, the sale or purchase of these types of explosive devices is illegal.

Severe burns, amputation, blindness, and, in some cases, death are often the result of incidents involving illegal fireworks.

Agency Contacts:

Brentwood Police: Captain Silva, (925) 809-7712

Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff: Lt. Matthew Foley, (925) 427-8510

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District: Steve Aubert, (925) 250-5758

Oakley Police: Chief Christensen, (925) 625-8825