Where can I buy legal fireworks in Los Angeles County?

A woman walks her dogs past a fireworks stand in Santa Ana on Thursday.
(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Crackling Cactus, Giant Mystery Geyser and Lil Red Devil fireworks will soon be dancing in the sky.

Beginning at noon Friday, firework stands will open for business in limited, approved areas in the state.

Fireworks certified as “safe and sane” by the California state fire marshal and designated by an official seal will be sold by licensed vendors until noon on July 6, unless otherwise designated by local authorities.


Officials stressed responsible use of fireworks, especially because the extreme hot and dry weather conditions this weekend are already conducive to wildfires.

“As we move into this weekend and fireworks go on sale, the risk for firework-related fires increases as well,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for Cal Fire.

Berlant urged residents who choose to light their own fireworks do so away from grass, brush or any other flammable materials.

“Even ‘safe and sane’ fireworks need to be used safely,” he said.

Berlant pointed out that a roof can catch fire from the devices, burning down a house.

In 2003, a bottle rocket landed on a California home and started a fire that burned for nearly 30 minutes before neighbors called 911, according to a National Fire Protection Assn. report.

The Los Angeles city and county fire departments recommend Southern Californians attend public fireworks shows, rather than light their own and risk injuries like blindness and burns.

A list of 295 communities in the state that allow the sale and use of approved “safe and sane” fireworks this year has been published online by “The California Fireworks Newswire.”

According to the website, sparks can fly in the following Los Angeles County communities:

Alhambra, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Mirada, La Puente, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, Temple City and Vernon.


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