Safety comes first when it comes to fireworks

Costa Mesa police on Friday reminded area residents to use only "safe and sane" fireworks, with the state fire marshal's seal of approval.

Fireworks sales in Costa Mesa are permitted between June 30 and July 4, and residents can use fireworks on July 2 and 3,and on the Fourth of July between 4 and 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, public parking lots or on school property, police said.

Those fireworks that explode in the air are illegal and should be reported, police said. Viewing areas should be 20 feet away from fireworks, according to police.

Some safety precautions include: having a bucket of water handy; setting off fireworks away from flammable things like dry grass or brush or buildings; lighting fireworks one at a time; never trying to relight or adjust malfunctioning fireworks.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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