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What are California’s Firework Laws?

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The summer months are well-known for celebrations involving time spent outdoors and large firework displays. However, in areas where wildfires are prevalent, like throughout Northern California, it's essential to know what restrictions residents have on the purchase and use of fireworks. Here’s what you need to know.

Firework Laws in California

In general, California law defines two classifications of fireworks - “dangerous” and “safe and sane.” The state prohibits the sale and use of "dangerous" fireworks, which are defined as anything that explodes, flies into the air, or emits a flame/spark higher than 12 feet. This includes items such as Roman candles, bottle rockets, sky lanterns, etc.

"Safe and sane" fireworks (such as sparklers and ground spinners) are legal in many counties and cities across the state. You can usually purchase these types of fireworks at local stands or stores. However, it's also important to note that even "safe and sane" fireworks are illegal in some areas, so check with local authorities before purchasing or using any type of fireworks.

Butte County Firework Laws

In Butte County, the possession of all fireworks is illegal—this includes both "dangerous" and "safe and sane" fireworks. However, the cities of Gridley and Oroville, which are unincorporated in the county, allow for the purchase and use of fireworks.

That being said, transporting legal fireworks from these cities into other areas is against the law, and the Butte County District Attorney's Office reminds residents of this annually. Doing so could result in fines and time spent in jail; however, if a fire is started as a result of using any fireworks, the user could face felony charges.

California Wildfire Attorney

The team at Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley understands firsthand the devastating effects of wildfires and aims to help our community understand their legal rights to compensation. Know that you shouldn’t have to deal with an insurance company denying or delaying your claim after these fires, and we can help ensure your rights are protected. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (530) 413-0245.