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How To Safely Enjoy Fireworks This Fourth Of July Weekend In LA

Clouds of purple-tinged smoke rise from the Rose Bowl with the stadium's iconic neon sign featuring a red rose visible in the foreground.
Rose Bowl fireworks
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With Fourth of July celebrations just around the corner, use of illegal fireworks is exploding across L.A. County. Officials want to remind Angelenos that ANY non-permitted use of fireworks is illegal in the county.

Over the past 10 years, fireworkshave caused thousands of injuries and millions of dollars worth of property damage. As conditions get drier every year, officials across Southern California also worry about fireworks starting wildfires orworsening air quality.

Being caught with illegal fireworks can result in a misdemeanor charge leading to steep fines (up to $50,000), or even time in county jail.

So, how can Angelenos celebrate?

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Officials encourage people to attend a city-sanctioned fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are a few options for folks looking to safely celebrate this holiday weekend:

For a complete list of public fireworks this weekend, check out this guidefrom L.A. County or Patch’s L.A. Fireworks Guide.