Fireworks in SLO County: Where they’re allowed, where they aren’t

This Fourth of July weekend, fire officials are reminding residents to use extreme caution when setting off fireworks in the few local communities they are allowed, in light of the high risk for wildfires because of the persistent drought.

The sale, use and possession of fireworks of any kind are prohibited throughout most of San Luis Obispo County. However, so-called “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted in the cities of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Morro Bay, as well as portions of the unincorporated communities of Oceano, San Miguel and Templeton, within their respective community services districts.

Fireworks in Morro Bay are allowed on private property only.

“Safe and sane” fireworks are generally those that do not fly or explode and contain the “safe and sane” state fire marshal seal on their packaging. Popular firecrackers known as M-80s, M-100s, cherry bombs and bottle rockets are considered explosives and are banned throughout the county, according to Cal Fire.

Public fireworks displays will be held at Shamel Park in Cambria, the Cayucos Pier, Pismo Beach Pier and Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria.