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Posted on: June 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 4th of July Reminders - Keep it Safe! Keep it Legal!


ARROYO GRANDE, CA – With Independence Day just around the corner, COVID restrictions rolling back and anticipated parties, please remember to know the risks of fireworks. Stay safe while using legal fireworks, such as “Safe and Sane” fireworks.   If you see or suspect illegal fireworks are being used in your neighborhood, please report it to your local law enforcement!

Law Enforcement in the Five Cities and the Five Cities Fire Authority have teamed up to educate our community members on how to celebrate safely, how to spot Safe and Sane fireworks and how to report use of illegal fireworks.  Our agencies will be deploying additional personnel who will be looking for and enforcing the use of illegal fireworks.

Calls for service throughout the county increase dramatically on July 4th and emergency response resources are limited.  During the holiday weekend, please use 9-1-1 for emergencies only – like an active fire or injury.  Each Law Enforcement agency has provided an alternative method to report illegal fireworks. 

“Together, we can ensure that Independence Day celebrations are fun, safe, and do not cause undue injury or fire in our communities” says Arroyo Grande Police Chief Mike Martinez.    

Five Cities Fire Authority Fire Chief Steve Lieberman adds, “even Safe and Sane fireworks can cause a fire or injury. Each year there are nearly 20,000 fires attributed to fireworks across the country, and in 2018 emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for injuries. Five Cities Fire wishes our communities a wonderful but safe independence day.”

“The celebration of Independence Day is a tradition that families and neighbors should enjoy. It is a time to reflect on our Nation’s history and to respect how loud noise can affect our Veterans and pets. We encourage everyone to be safe and only discharge Safe and Sane fireworks during the legal time period.” – Grover Beach Police Chief John Peters

Know the risks

The unsafe use of fireworks can cause severe burns, amputations, blinding, and even death.

Damaging fires occur when children use fireworks unsupervised by adults.

Parents are responsible for any property damage or injuries caused by all fireworks. 

Keep it legal

All legal fireworks in California are called “Safe and Sane” fireworks and must bear the State Fire Marshal’s seal.

Any firework that is airborne and explodes are dangerous and illegal.

Keep it safe

Always have a metal bucket of water to dispose of fireworks.

Always have a hose connected to water available in case of fire.

Do not use fireworks near dry grass of flammable materials.

Do not use fireworks while under a canopy, covered balcony, covered patio, or under trees or bushes. 

How to report illegal fireworks

Arroyo Grande Police Department: (805) 473-5100

Grover Beach Police Department: (805) 473-4511

San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department (805) 781-4540



Chief of Police Michael Martinez


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