A preliminary investigation determined that fireworks were the cause of a large fire that endangered several homes in the City of Perris on June 9. Several residents were evacuated during the incident, and properties were damaged.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that it is illegal to possess, discharge, or sell fireworks. All fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited in Riverside County. California Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks are also illegal in all unincorporated areas of Riverside County.
Now and throughout the week of the Fourth of July, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and CAL FIRE will have additional patrol personnel throughout the communities and will be enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for any person caught with fireworks. Violators of Firework Laws are subject to confiscation of fireworks, arrest, citation, and/or fines. A combination of fines for the use of illegal fireworks can cost up to $3,500.
Riverside County has a very diverse terrain with dry vegetation where fireworks can quickly start a vegetation fire. Individuals who cause fires by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs, which can run up to millions of dollars.
Celebratory gunfire is also against the law. Discharging a firearm into the air is a crime and can lead to criminal charges under California state law. Bullets shot into the air can climb up two miles and fall at a high rate of speed, causing serious injuries or death.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department surge anyone observing the unlawful use of fireworks or celebratory gunfire to call dispatch at 951-776-1099. For all immediate threats to life or property, dial 9-1-1.
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