The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to remind all residents of the county that we are a “fireworks –free zone” and the sale, possession or use of fireworks of all types and sizes are banned in the county and unincorporated areas. Offenders could face between $500 to $5,000 worth of fines or even jail time in some cases.
Here is a press release as well as previously confiscated fireworks below
Deputies to Target Fireworks
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to remind all county residents about 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.
Hey Burke, did they put out any guidance on notifying them if we see the fireworks in our neighborhood? I know they’ll be inundated with calls, do we call the non emergency line, or not bother and hope for the best? Our fire service will be strapped today, hope everyone has some sense to not use fireworks. Thanks.
Did anyone get fined? There were sure lots of illegal fireworks last night!
The court behind my house has turned this into an annual display that rivals the cities. I’ve called every year and even sent a note to the Oakley City Manager. I got a nice note back from the City Manager basically saying there was nothing they can do. I can tell them where the displays will be before they start. Now my street has joined in the fun. We got to babysit our terrified dogs thru the whole thing. I keep hoping that somebody blows a hand off so that they maybe slow down or stop this crud.
please email a copy of the letter from the city manager to [email protected]
Cap’n they’ll need to blow both hands off to stop. One might slow them down, but not much. Hah!
One of my dogs was in the same boat last night… sounded like WWIII behind my place.
$5000 fine didn’t deter them last night, they never do anything when they catch them, and if they do, it must be a state secret.
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