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Santa Monica Officials Warn Fireworks Are Illegal

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By Lookout Staff

July 3, 2013 – Think twice before you set off that Roman candle on Independence Day. You will be breaking the law, City officials said.

All types of fireworks -- including so-called “safe and sane” fireworks -- are illegal in the City of Santa Monica even if they were purchased legally, said Nancy Johnson, the City’s Fire Marshal.

“The public is urged to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals,” Johnson said.

In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 9,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms across the country in 2011.

In 2010, 61 percent of emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34 percent were to the head, according to the NFPA.

The risk of fireworks injury was highest for those between the ages of 5 and 19, and for adults between 25 and 44, the NFPA found.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires, according to the association.


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