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Moorpark Police Department Reminds Citizens of 4th of July Firewarks Safety and Local Laws
6/29/2013 2:17:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Fireworks Safety and the Law

Report Number:



City of Moorpark

Date & Time:

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Services Beat Coordinator Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






The Independence Day holiday period brings annual attention to the dangers and illegality of fireworks products.

Generally, fireworks cannot be considered safe, especially near children.  Many fireworks products are illegal to use, or even possess in the State of California.  All fireworks are illegal in the City of Moorpark.

The Moorpark Police Department is concerned and responds to reports of the unlawful use or possession of fireworks.  Responding deputies will attempt to locate those using fireworks and, depending on the circumstances, may arrest any subjects suspected of being in possession of and/or igniting fireworks illegally.  Deputies may confiscate illegal fireworks as evidence or as contraband.

Persons found to be in possession and/or igniting illegal fireworks can be cited for possession and Illegal ignition of Fireworks, a violation of the Moorpark Municipal Code 8.64.010 All fireworks, as defined by California Health and Safety Code and the Ventura County Fire Protection District Fire Code (VCFC), including 'safe and sane fireworks,' are prohibited in the City of Moorpark, with the exception of public displays which are authorized by statute and conducted by trained professionals.

Unlawful Possession of Fireworks is also a violation of California State Law, and can be a felony or misdemeanor depending on the circumstances.  These violations carry penalties ranging from fines up up to $1000.00 dollars to mandatory jail sentence and fines up to $5000.00 dollars.

Residents can report the unlawful use of fireworks by calling the police non-emergency number at 805-654-9511. Callers are asked to determine as accurately as possible the location of the suspected unlawful activity, and relate the specific information to police call takers.

Any incident that has resulted in a fire, or an injury requiring emergency response, should be reported by calling 911.

The safety of our residents is our primary concern; every year incidents of children and adults seriously burned by fireworks is reported in the media.  The City of Moorpark asks the cooperation of all citizens in preventing injury and property damage by refraining from the use or possession of illegal fireworks.


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Beat Coordinator Bob Berger


Media Release Date:

Friday, June 28, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Robert Berger (Beat Coordinator)

Cell: 805-620-8771



Approved by:

Stephen Wade, Captain