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Illegal Fireworks Kill and Destroy!!  Talk to your children about illegal fireworks ... BEFORE WE HAVE TO!!


  • Every year, dangerous and illegal items such as cherry bombs, M-80s and firecrackers cause numerous injuries to both adults and children, and illegal bottle rockets cause thousands of dollars in property damage.
  • Parents may be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children's use of illegal fireworks.
  • Possession and/or use of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $500, nor more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both.
  • Possession of illegal fireworks that collectively contain in excess of 7,500 grains of powder (approximately 1 pound) is a felony punishable by imprisonment in (1) a state prison or (2) a county jail for up to one year, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

We have prepared a list of how to talk to your kids about illegal fireworks.

Four suggested guidelines for communicating with your children about illegal fireworks:

  1. Set an example.  The most important thing parents can do for their children is to set a good example! 
    If you use illegal fireworks and make it a normal part of your Fourth of July celebration, don't be surprised when your children mimic your behavior.

  2. Be factual!  It is important to address the issue of illegal fireworks at a young age.  If your child asks a question about illegal fireworks, be prepared to respond simply and factually and to lay the groundwork for a dialogue later on.  Remember illegal fireworks are a year-round problem, not just one that occurs around the Fourth of July.
    In discussing illegal fireworks with children, it is always best to stress the immediate consequences or impacts on themselves and the people around them. Use this guide to help them identify illegal fireworks and how to report their use to your local fire or police department.

  3. Be aware of outside peer pressure!  To children, peer pressure is more important than any other influence outside the family in effecting the use of alcohol, drugs or engaging in other dangerous activities such as the use of illegal fireworks.
    Parents can encourage children to think for themselves ... to be self-reliant and independent ... to recognize the times when they should do what their friends do and the times when they should stand alone and do what they think is right.

  4. Seek professional advice, if needed!
    If your child is engaging in activities to which you are opposed and can't seem to control, the best thing to do is seek professional advice immediately.

This Is A Public Safety Message From The California State Fire Marshal.

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