City: All Fireworks are Illegal in Pasadena; Violators Face Jail Time

first_imgPublic Safety City: All Fireworks are Illegal in Pasadena; Violators Face Jail Time Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 12:34 pm Got fireworks in Pasadena? If so, you might find yourself making an appearance in court as all fireworks are illegal to sell, use or possess in Pasadena, City officials say.The City maintains a Zero Tolerance enforcement policy for fireworks and Pasadena’s police and firefighters are teaming up for special enforcement patrols against fireworks.Violators are subject to arrest; having their vehicles impounded; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.City officials urge the public “If You See Something, Say Something!” by calling the Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities.Residents may also use the City’s smart phone app, available at www.cityofpasadena.net/citizen-service-center to report illegal fireworks.If you want fireworks to be part of your Fourth of July Holiday, attend the 90th annual “Americafest,” one of the best family-friendly celebrations and professional fireworks shows in Southern California at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For ticket and event information, go to www.rosebowlstadium.com.Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the stadium to seize all fireworks. Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded.The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying Phos-Chek on Thursday, June 30, 2016 to brush areas around the stadium. The main ingredients of this annual, preventative fire retardant are phosphates and fertilizers to help prevent plants from burning and re-vegetate burned wildland areas.Pasadena’s Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh urge everyone to make safety their top priority and offer the following reminders:• Celebrate responsibly, always designate a driver.• If outdoors, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and seek shade if needed.• Stay hydrated, drink water or other nutritious fluids before thirsty; limit alcohol & sugary drinks.• Many areas of the City, including outdoors, are “No Smoking” zones. Respect “No Smoking” areas and, if you do smoke, always safely dispose of used cigarettes, cigars or other devices.• Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use.• Call 9-1-1 for all life-threatening emergencies.• Call (626) 744-4241 for all other public safety needs.• When calling for help, speak calmly, give accurate location information and reason for calling.• Visit www.readypasadena.net for emergency preparedness information; and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications.Statistics show fireworks are among the riskiest of all consumer products. Even sparklers, which many people think are safe, are dangerous and can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit; causing serious burns or fires. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured from fireworks are under 15 years old. National Fire Protection Association statistics show more than 90 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks which are also illegal in Pasadena.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena by visiting the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Business News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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