Cops Give Annual “Fireworks Are Illegal” Warning

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With the Fourth of July fast approaching, authorities are once again reminding Angelenos that fireworks are a bad idea.

"Fireworks of any kind, including the 'Safe and Sane' variety, are illegal within the city of Los Angeles, and law enforcement will enforce appropriate laws," according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Offenders face up to one year in jail and fines up to $1,000, City News Service reported.

"Fireworks are extremely dangerous, and every year, numerous children and adults are injured as a result of playing with fireworks," according to the LAPD statement. "There is a very high degree of fire danger from fireworks, especially during the dry brush season."

An estimated 7,000 people nationwide were taken to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in 2008, according to

For safe and legal alternatives, check out's official list of fireworks shows in the Los Angeles County area.

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