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Posted on: June 25, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks in South Lake Tahoe

According to the National Fire Protection Association, on a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. Our forested region is particularly susceptible to a dangerous wild land fire. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has increased its vigilance in enforcing State and City fireworks laws to protect public health and safety.

California has some of the country's most-stringent fireworks laws. Virtually all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed “dangerous”, and are illegal anywhere in California. The City of South Lake Tahoe Ordinances control firework issues even further. Discharging ANY TYPE of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law in the City of South Lake Tahoe. This includes devices such as simple sparklers. There are NO types of legal fireworks in the City of South Lake Tahoe.

In coordination with our community Independence Day Celebration, South Lake Tahoe Police personnel will confiscate any fireworks and issue citations to violators. Most fireworks violations are misdemeanors, punishible by a fine of not less than $500.00 and/or a year in the county jail. Possession of larger style fireworks may be prosecuted as a felony. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.

Please help us to ensure this Independence Day weekend is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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