Does Everyone Know the Laws on Fireworks in Contra Costa County?

Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess within the county.

File photo.
File photo.
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to remind all county residents about the use of fireworks during the 4th of July holiday.

Contra Costa County is a ‘fireworks-free zone’; the sale, possession or use of fireworks of all types and sizes (including Safe & Sane fireworks) are banned in the county (County ordinance 44-2.002). This includes the unincorporated areas as well as the cities.

Deputy Sheriffs and officers on patrol will confiscate all fireworks. Typical fireworks problems in the past have included aerial skyrockets of varying sizes, from bottle rockets to three inch mortar launched shells. 

Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess in Contra Costa County.

Offenders could also face up to $500 in fines. Possession of dangerous fireworks, like M-80’s or cherry bombs, constitute a felony and could result in fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment.Violators may either receive a citation in the case of a misdemeanor, or they could be booked at the jail for felony use or possession of fireworks.

So what to do and where to celebrate? Some area options: 

Jed July 03, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I really see a lot of enforcement of this law.... (sarcasm). Nobody seems to give a hoot -- stuff goes off all over the place. It's time to either enforce the law or get rid of the law.
Dana Wenter July 03, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Why do Walnut Creek Safeway and Target sell fireworks? As soon as you leave the store, you're in possession of fireworks. They shouldn't be allowed to sell them in local stores.
Jed July 04, 2014 at 10:12 AM
A larger question would be, "Does anybody care?" - given the nature of today's ME FIRST generation. "The law applies to someone else... I'm just celebrating ... It's my driveway... Oh, these aren't mine... Everybody enjoys this... Nobody gets caught." (yeah, right, people)
George March July 05, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I am in agreement with you, Jed. The answer to the article title question, first, is obviously "no", immediately followed by, "if there is a law, it doesn't apply to me". This is true for dozens of laws on the books... like stopping at stop signs, minors wearing bike helmets, cellphone use while driving... and on and on. One of the real problems with the many ignored laws is that it seems, by observation, that law enforcement doesn't really care either. And there usually isn't much notice until someone dies... then there's a big splash in the media... but only for a few days and it's back standard operating procedure... <with blinders on>


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