Fire officials warn that all other fireworks are illegal

A fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars is scheduled Saturday, June 28th, at Santa Monica College’s “Celebrate America” festival, to be held at John Adams Middle School, 16th Street between Ocean Park Boulevard and Pearl Street in Santa Monica. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Parking is $5.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and the fireworks at dusk.

For more information, (310) 434-3000.

ALL OTHER FIREWORKS ILLEGAL — As the July 4th holiday approaches, Santa Monica Fire Department officials are reminding the public that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica, including the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks that may be used only in the city where they are purchased.

Permanent scarring, loss of vision and dismemberment are among the potential “harsh results” of amateur fireworks use, fire officials said. To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association urges people to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals.

According to the association, amateur fireworks use can endanger not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year, according to the association.

“Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, assistant vice president of Fire Analysis and Research for the Fire Protection Association. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond to.”

Public fireworks displays by trained professionals are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for everyone because they are conducted under controlled settings and regulations, fire officials said.

Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active, officials said.

Children should be cautioned to never pick up fireworks that may be left over. They should always tell an adult if they find fireworks, rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves.