Butte County Cal Fire Outlines Fireworks Regulations

Jul 1, 2013 3:54 PM

CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire is reminding the communities in Butte County that Firework regulations will be strictly enforced this 4th of July holiday in light of the high temperatures in this week's forecast.

“The use or possession of any fireworks outside the city limits of Oroville or Gridley is illegal and subject to a citation, possible arrest, fines, and the seizure of any fireworks,” said Todd Price, Butte County Fire Prevention Battalion Chief. “Any person who causes a fire while using fireworks could be charged with a felony and will be ordered to pay for the suppression costs and any associated damage.”

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey has noted to the press that any lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and subject to fines upwards of a $1000 and six months in county jail.

Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other miscellaneous types that explode, go up in the air, or move about the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. These types of fireworks are illegal in California. Fireworks that are sold in California must be approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and have the “Safe and Sane” seal on them. “Safe and Sane” fireworks are not allowed anywhere in Butte County except within the city limits of Oroville and Gridley.

For those of you within those city limits, Butte County Cal Fire has provided these tips for safe and responsible use of fireworks:

· Purchase only “Safe and Sane” fireworks approved by the State Fire Marshal and use them ONLY in areas where it is legal to do so. In Butte County those areas are within the city limits of Gridley and Oroville.

· * NEVER point fireworks at another person.

· * NEVER use near dry grass or other flammable materials.

· * NEVER attempt to re-light or modify fireworks.

· * Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing sites.

* Most fireworks caused injuries are to hands and eyes and can be very serious – resulting in the loss of one of more fingers, a hand, or your eyesight. Light one at a time and keep a safe distance away.

While the annual Fireworks show at Lake Oroville has been canceled this year, the following professional displays are offered in Butte County:

Although the annual fireworks show at Lake Oroville has been canceled this year, the city of Biggs is hosting a fireworks show which is no cost to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information call 624-4148. There will also be a fireworks show at the Silver Dollar Speedway.


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