Fire Departments Targeting Illegal Fireworks

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is illegal in unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Here in the First District, “Safe and Sane” fireworks are only allowed in the cities of Adelanto and Needles.

The San Bernardino County Fire Marshal’s office recently teamed up with Victorville Fire Department in a targeted illegal fireworks interdiction. Approximately 5 tons of illegal fireworks were confiscated last weekend alone!

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department, the fine for possession of illegal fireworks is up to $5,000. Parents will be held responsible for any damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of illegal fireworks. 

The San Bernardino County Illegal Fireworks Reporter, winner of a 2021 NACo award, is a community-based program that allows residents to report the location of illegal fireworks activity and sales to San Bernardino County Fire officials. 

Here are some numbers and websites to keep handy:

  • To report illegal fireworks in the High Desert (except Victorville), call 760-956-5001.
  • To report illegal fireworks in Victorville, go to https://www.victorvilleca.gov/i-want-to/report/report-illegal-fireworks
  • To report use of fireworks in Apple Valley during regular business hours, please call the Apple Valley Fire Protection District at 760-247-7618. After hours, please call 760-956-5001.
  • To anonymously report illegal fireworks, call the WeTip hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON. 

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