Early illegal fireworks reports encouraged

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The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station reminds residents to celebrate the Fourth of July safely by not using illegal fireworks–and not tolerating those who do. To support the Sheriff’s efforts in suppressing the use of illegal fireworks, you can report problem locations now.

If you know of a residence with a history of unruly/unsafe celebrations that are not in compliance with the law, please report it now by calling the July 4th Tip Hotline at 562-866-9771, extension SAFE (7233). Please provide as much information as possible about the person, location and violation. You can also report the information online at www.lakewoodcity.org/safe4th. Your name will remain confidential and the sooner you report this information, the better!

If you observe the sale or use of illegal fireworks, call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500 immediately.

The only fireworks that are legal in Lakewood are those that are rated “Safe and Sane.” Safe and Sane fireworks can be purchased from any authorized firework stand in California, including those in Lakewood. Be sure to look for the fireworks sale permit and State of California Fire Marshal’s seal that all stands are required to display. Fireworks bought in other states, over the Internet, or from any other source are illegal.

Legal fireworks may be only discharged in Lakewood on July 4th between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Lakewood will continue to target violators this year by deploying extra deputies on July 4. The “zero tolerance” policy means everyone they catch violating the law will be cited. Most violations carry a fine of $1,000. As a reminder, homeowners or tenants can and will be held responsible for what occurs on their property.

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