Rancho Palos Verdes Implements $1,000-$7,500 Fines for Illegal Fireworks
With fire season underway and the Fourth of July holiday approaching, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has implemented tougher fines for illegal fireworks ranging from $1,000 to $7,500.
To deter the use of fireworks that could spark a wildfire on the high-risk Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council in May increased fines for fireworks violators in the City to $1,000 for a first violation, $5,000 for a second, and $7,500 for third and subsequent violations. Previously, the fine started at $500.
The City reminds residents that fireworks, including those marketed as “safe and sane,” are illegal year-round. This includes smoke bombs or smoke sticks that are commonly used for gender reveal parties. With vast open space areas and canyons full of brush, virtually the entire City of Rancho Palos Verdes falls in a Cal Fire-designated Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. It can only take one spark to ignite a catastrophic wildfire on the Peninsula, threatening lives and property in an area with limited evacuation routes. Fireworks can also trigger extreme episodes of trauma and fear in those who have post-traumatic stress disorder and in pets.
Residents and visitors are reminded to respect their neighbors and to help protect against wildfire – do not light fireworks. Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday safely.
Report fireworks in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to the Lomita Sheriff's Station at 310-539-1661.