Types of Fireworks

SEASIDE HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The Seaside Police Department, in partnership with the Seaside Fire Department, has formulated an operations plan for illegal firework suppression beginning in May and continuing through July of 2018. The operation will focus on public education, and the safety of citizens, visitors, and property from use of illegal fireworks.

Violations will be enforced.

California fireworks laws divide fireworks into two categories: "dangerous fireworks" and "safe and sane" fireworks.

"Dangerous"  fireworks are always illegal unless you hold a special display license. These are typically issued only to pyrotechnic operators who put on Fourth of July and other holiday displays.

"Safe and sane" fireworks may be sold, purchased, and used by the general public, but only within very strict parameters. Only licensed retailers can sell "safe and sane" fireworks, and they can only do so from June 28 to July 6 each year.

It is illegal to sell or give dangerous fireworks to anyone under eighteen (18). It is also illegal to sell or give "safe and sane" fireworks to anyone under sixteen (16).

  1. What are Considered "Safe & Sane"?
  2. What is Considered "Dangerous" or "Illegal"?
  3. What are the Penalties?

What is the definition of "safe and sane" fireworks?


"Safe and sane" fireworks may be sold, purchased, and used by the general public, but only within very strict parameters. Only licensed retailers can sell "safe and sane" fireworks, and they can only do so from June 28 to July 6 each year.

California Health and Safety Code 12529 HS defines "safe and sane" fireworks as any fireworks that haven't been classified as "dangerous" or "exempt".12 These fireworks typically comply with California's fireworks laws.

However, California Health and Safety Code 12599 states that even "safe and sane" fireworks may only be sold by at a "fixed place of business"13 by persons holding retail sales licenses from 12pm (noon) on June 28 until 12pm (noon) July 6 each year--except where local ordinances are more restrictive.14

The exceptions to this rule are "party poppers" and "snap caps", which are in a category of their own.  Under California fireworks laws, these items may be sold year round.

All "safe and sane" fireworks must display a "State of California, State Fire Marshall Registered Fireworks" seal.  If they do not, they are illegal fireworks in California.

And with respect to using "safe and sane" fireworks without committing a California fireworks crime, the best advice is to contact Seasdie Fire Department to inquire about any specific questions.  

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