When it comes to celebrating our nation’s Independence, the city and people of Fresno know how to throw a party. From concerts to carnivals and parades in between, there will be something for everyone this year. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a celebration without fireworks of some kind and there are plenty to choose from. There are many outstanding shows scheduled throughout the city and over the course of the entire holiday weekend. But before you decide to forego the professional displays and light up the sky with your own spectacular, keep a few things in mind when it comes to possessing fireworks in the state of California:
- Stay Safe & Sane – the city of Fresno only allows the use of “safe & sane” fireworks. This means, fireworks that explode, fly or do a little bit of both, are NOT legal. Stands that are set up around the city only sell fireworks that remain on the ground and have very little explosive power. If you are caught setting off or in possession of illegal fireworks – this means rockets, Roman candles, missiles, firecrackers or mortars – you could face serious fines or even jail time. Don’t risk it!
- Sparks Will Fly – If you must set off your own fireworks, remember – we are in a severe drought, with bone dry conditions in most our local parks and neighborhoods. Even the smallest spark or ember can have catastrophic consequences should it land in a field, shrub or tree. Keep water or an extinguisher on hand at all times.
- Adults Only – Above all, don’t let your kids hold or get too close to fireworks – even the state sanctioned versions. They are still dangerous and should only be handled by an adult. Don’t let your child become one of the many individuals who end up visiting the emergency room, every year, on the 4th of July.
For more information about professional fireworks displays and family events in the Fresno area, Fresno / Clovis Convention & Visitor’s Bureau has complied an excellent list here. And from everyone at The Law Office of Rick D. Banks – have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!