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Firework Laws in Los Angeles

Three fireworks in the night sky

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people in the Los Angeles area are wondering what the fireworks laws are. While the display of vibrant colors in the sky can be quite a sight, there are laws in place that prohibit certain types of fireworks from being set off. The Biren Law Group is here to provide a brief overview of firework laws in LA.

Firework Laws in California

The state of California prohibits the sale and use of “dangerous” fireworks. “Dangerous” fireworks are those that explode, fly into the air, or emit a spark/flame higher than 12 feet. So, unfortunately, bottle rockets and Roman candles are prohibited.

However, “safe and sane” fireworks are allowed in many cities and counties in California—these fireworks include sparklers and ground spinners. Check in with your local authorities if you are unsure if “safe and sane” fireworks are legal in your city or county before purchasing.

Firework Laws in Los Angeles County

Unfortunately, in the County of Los Angeles, under Fire Code, Title 32, Section 5601.3, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, store, use, or handle all forms of fireworks without a permit in unincorporated areas of LA County. Rather than risking the safety of you and those around you, we recommend attending public firework shows.


According to California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700(B), any person in possession of unaltered, dangerous fireworks can receive a misdemeanor. Possession of fireworks can lead to fines ranging anywhere from $5000 to more than $50,000, depending on the severity of the crime.

But sometimes, not everyone follows the rules, which can result in a catastrophic injury. If you or your loved one are caught in a fireworks accident this Fourth of July, contact us today to better understand your options.

When you’re ready, contact the Biren Law Group at (310) 896-4345 or visit our website to get started on your no-risk, free consultation.