Hoping To Light Off Some Fireworks On The 4th? Beware If You're In Butte, Shasta Counties

Jul 1, 2019

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It may be in the National Anthem, but in the North State authorities say leave “the bombs bursting in air” to the pros.  


Fireworks are banned throughout Shasta County. Cheryl Buliavac is a spokeswoman for Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit.  

“Every year serious injuries and property loss occurs as a result of wildfire sparked by fireworks,” Buliavac said.  


A bit of loophole in Butte County—so-called “safe and sane” fireworks—are allowed within the city limits of Gridley and Oroville, but nowhere else.  


Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said those caught lighting or even possessing fireworks—even “safe and sane” ones—outside of Gridley or Oroville could face fines and potential jail time. Ramsey said anyone who starts a blaze by fireworks—whether intentionally or by accident—would face felony prosecution. 


Fireworks aren't banned everywhere. For example, in Tehama County, 'safe and sane' fireworks may be purchased and set off throughout the county, including in incorporated cities. As regulations change, it is often a good idea to check with law enforcement in your own local jurisdiction to be sure.


According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission—a federal agency—fireworks injuries send an average 180 people a day to emergency rooms in the weeks before and after July 4th. 


There are still ways to enjoy fireworks with professional displays lighting up the skies in the vicinity of Redding and Oroville.  


The fireworks show in Redding can be seen from outside the Redding Civic Auditorium. 


Designated viewing spots in Oroville are the Thermalito North Forebay and the Nelson Sports Complex. 



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