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Use Silly String in Hollywood & Get a $1000 Fine

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Found on Hollywood Blvd, East of Highland Ave. | Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist

Signed into law in 2004, the Silly String law is meant to curb the amount of silly string that used to trash Hollywood streets during Halloween. The city reasoned that the cans were a safety hazard, causing people, horses (for police) and motorcycles to potentially slip and fall in additional to being used as a drunkenly weapon projectile. The string itself, they say, would clog storm drains, ultimately causing an environmental hazard traveling to the ocean.

But don't fret if you plan on using silly string at a party downtown or on the Westside The ordinance only covers the LAPD's Hollywood division and is in effect October 31st of each year, through 12:00 p.m. on November 1st of each year. You can read the full ordinance below: