Ventura Police Department News Release: 4th of July Safety

Each 4th of July, both the Ventura Police and Fire Departments are inundated with an increase in calls for service regarding fireworks. These calls for service vary from illegal use and possession of fireworks, to noise complaints, medical emergencies and concerns regarding fire danger and animals in distress.

Community members are urged to use caution. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Ventura.

Please be advised:

  • There is a $424 fine for use OR possession of fireworks; possession of larger amounts of fireworks may result in a felony charge.
  • “Safe and Sane” fireworks are neither safe, nor sane.  Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or produce showers of hot sparks. Temperatures may exceed 1200 degrees F.
  • In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries. Forty-two percent of those injured were under the age of 15.
  • Please keep your pets in a safe and quiet place indoors. 
  • In 2014, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 2,200 structure fires.  These fires resulted in 11 deaths, 70 injuries and $21 million in property damage.
  • Please remind children that it is never okay to play with matches or to use fireworks.
  • Fireworks purchased over the Internet are illegal (not just in Ventura but throughout the State).
  • Plan your sober ride home before the party begins. The Ventura Police Department will also be out stopping impaired drivers by targeting those who put lives in danger. As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that impairment by alcohol or drugs can be deadly. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

To celebrate our nation’s independence, we encourage you to enjoy many of the approved and legal fireworks shows throughout Ventura County. In the City of Ventura, the Rotary Club will celebrate its annual fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4th at Ventura College. Residents can find more information about the show at the following link: Please take advantage of this professional show (or one of the many others throughout the County) and don’t be tempted to illegally use fireworks.

The City of Ventura Police, Fire and State Parks are also gearing up to keep Ventura beaches clean and safe. The City of Ventura is hosting a Volunteer Beach Cleanup July 5, to clean up leftover debris in key areas. Volunteers can sign up at



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