Long Beach
Fire Department

Fire Headquarters
3205 Lakewood Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 07012016A
4th of July Safety: There’s No Safe Way to Use Consumer Fireworks
Mark Miller
Fire Captain / PIO
Long Beach Fire Departmen

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Long Beach Fire Department is reminding the public that there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks. Please remember all fireworks are illegal in the City of Long Beach, even the so-called “Safe and Sane” variety.

Last year, two NFL players made headlines by losing fingers in accidents involving fireworks. The two separate high-profile incidents raised awareness about the dangers of consumer fireworks.

Almost half (47 percent) of the fires reported on Independence Day in the U.S. during this period were started by fireworks, more than any other cause of fire. However, the vast majority of fireworks injuries occur without a fire starting. 

Thirty-five percent of people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15, with children between the ages of five and nine requiring the highest level of emergency treatment. Seventy-four percent of the victims that sustained fireworks-related injuries were males, while 26 percent were females.

NFPA offers a wealth of information on fireworks safety, including videos and tip sheets that demonstrate just how dangerous consumer fireworks can be. More fireworks statistics can be found in NFPA’s 2016 Fireworks Report.

So how can you celebrate the holiday safely? Attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. Below is a listing of professional fireworks shows in the Lon Beach area for 2016:

Big Bang on the Bay
Alamitos Bay
July 3rd, 2016 at 9:00PM

Queen Mary
July 4th, 2016 at 9:00PM

Private Show:
Virginia Country Club
July 4th, 2016

Beginning Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th, Fire Investigators will be out citywide performing their regular investigation duties and assisting LBPD with the investigation of illegal fireworks activates. Investigators may confiscate, issue citations, or arrest persons selling, possessing, or using fireworks. 

We encourage all residents and visitors to surrender any illegal fireworks in their possession. Authorized fireworks drop off locations: 

Police Headquarters (400 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802)

All Police Sub-Stations

Lifeguard Headquarters (2100 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803)

If you See Something, Say Something! Call Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities. Together, we can all enjoy a safe holiday.