Five communities in San Luis Obispo County have been approved this year for Fourth of July fireworks sales and use, according to County/Cal Fire officials, who urge the public to avoid using illegal fireworks or face prosecution.
The use of “safe and sane” fireworks can occur in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, San Miguel and Templeton, according to Cal Fire.
The agency’s website lists the 286 communities throughout California that allow fireworks. Go to www.fire.ca.gov.
Cal Fire officials remind the public that under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, Roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other explosives.
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Officials say those using the state-approved “safe and sane” fireworks should take safety precautions to avoid arrest and prevent severe burns, blindness and even death.
Their safety suggestions include always reading directions, having an adult present, using fireworks outdoors only, never using them near grass or other flammable materials, lighting them one at a time and keeping a safe distance away, and disposing of fireworks in water.
Those convicted of misusing fireworks can face a fine of up to $50,000 and a state prison or jail sentence of up to one year.
It is illegal to sell, transport, possess or use fireworks where they are not allowed.
“If an officer observes anyone in possession of fireworks, the fireworks will be immediately seized,” Pismo Beach police Cmdr. Jake Miller warned.