Fire and Police Departments Say Zero Tolerance for Fireworks

Press Release


Brentwood, CA — The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District in conjunction with the Brentwood Police, Oakley Police, and Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff would like to inform you that 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.

East Contra Costa Fire and its allied agencies have a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

Officers and Deputy Sheriffs on patrol will confiscate all fireworks. Besides being illegal in Contra Costa County, fireworks have caused fires, serious injuries, and even death.

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 M80’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 in jail for felony use or possession of fireworks.

Users risk injury, disfigurement, or death by manufacturing or using them. Illegal explosive devices commonly referred to as M-80’s, quarter sticks, or cherry bombs often come in plain brown, red, silver or white wrappers, with no identifying marks. The manufacturers of these illegal explosive devices do not follow any quality control or safety standards, which makes the devices extremely dangerous. They can be highly unstable.  Heat, shock or pressure can trigger accidental detonation.

Additionally, the sale or purchase of these types of explosive devices is illegal.

Severe burns, amputation, blindness, and, in some cases, death are often the result of incidents involving illegal fireworks.


  1. When I see fireworks-setting idiots hauled off and arrested, THEN I will believe that the fire and police departments are serious about showing zero tolerance.

  2. Both of your comments are correct I live in Pittsburg and the cops drive up and down our street and watch them set off fireworks and do nothing

  3. I live in Pittsburg sounds like a war zone every year in my neighborhood. Just once would like to see someone do something about it. I stay home because so loud terrorizes my dogs.

    • It takes my dogs and cats MONTHS to get back to normal. They are so frightened . . even though I lock all the windows and doors, have the A/C as the TV and I put them all in various closets with solid wood doors. They still hear the nose and feel the vibrations. I would take them to some friends on a farm, but then someone has to be in the house so it doesn’t catch fire! We have had our fence burn down.

  4. ECT- With your connections with local police commanders, I really hope you screenshot and share these comments. Its not to identify lazy cops, its to show that their own line officers don’t enforce this ordinance. So now what?

  5. The ones buying and using the fireworks know the police can’t be everywhere. Plus when the idiots see the cops coming down the street they scurry to hide like rats. If you’re going to buy, set off (to entertain whoever) then have the gonads to stand up, be proud and explain your reasoning to the cops as they write you a ticket, since we know that’s all that would happen anyway. But if my house catches fire because one of my neighbors sets off fireworks, I won’t be held accountable for what happens afterwards. **WARNING**

    • To hell with a WARNING! Arrest the bastards! I took videos of the cretins setting off fireworks and recorded the sound and showed them to the cops and they STILL didn’t go after these mangy rats and arrest them.

      This year, I will do things MY WAY! You will hear and see some AMBULANCES on our street.

  6. Some cities have effectively used drones to photograph and document fireworks and handle the citations after the fact. It’s possible! Nobody should get too comfortable with the idea that they can’t be identified and charged.

    • Best idea I’ve heard! A fleet of drones it is!

      Charges need to pumped up to weapons of mass destruction, which is what they are. And with mandatory jail if caught selling,using or possession. People are being terrorized!

    • That’s the problem! Citations! Forget the God-damned citations! Arrest the culprits! This ordinance making setting off fireworks of ANY kind has been around for years! The rats violate it? Off to jail!

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