By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The City of Victorville issued an announcement reminding the public that all fireworks, even those considered safe and sane, are prohibited within the City of Victorville. The City has formed a task force consisting of Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Fire Personnel and Officers from the City’s Code Enforcement and Animal Control Divisions to conduct fireworks enforcement sweeps during the months of June and July.
Fireworks are strictly prohibited by the City’s Municipal Code, and violators will be fined up to $1,000, could receive up to six months in jail; and fireworks will be confiscated. In addition, the City will seek recovery of response costs if a fire incident involving fireworks is linked to a specific person. The public is encouraged to report offenders by calling Victorville Police Dispatch at (760) 956-5001 or to dial 911 in the case of an emergency.
“In our dry, desert climate; fireworks are a fire hazard; and each year thousands of people are injured by commercial fireworks across the country*,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia. “We caution everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals.”
In addition to the threat of fire and bodily injury, fireworks can also trigger episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder in some of our veterans and cause extreme distress for pets. Victorville residents are urged to extend courtesy to one another by adhering to the Municipal Code and refraining from illegal firework use.
Members of the public are welcome to voluntarily surrender fireworks in their possession at any Victorville Fire Station without worry of prosecution. A list of Victorville Fire Stationsand corresponding addresses is available on the City’s website.
As an alternative, City officials are encouraging the community to attend professionally-managed fireworks shows like the FREE July Fourth Celebrationsponsored by the City of Victorville at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th St. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Music for the show will be simulcast on classic hits station, KVFG-FM, The Route 103.1. For more information, call Hook Community Center at (760) 245-5551.