DUARTE, CA, July 9, 2018– Educating the community about the existing fireworks ordinance including a $1,000 fine for illegal fireworks combined with pro-active enforcement by Duarte Public Safety and the LA County Sheriff Department appears to have proved successful. Efforts by the Duarte “Fireworks Suppression Team” yielded 31 $1,000 citations and the seizure of approximately 300 pounds of illegal fireworks in the City.
Duarte staff and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department strictly enforced illegal fireworks restrictions on the Fourth of July, 2018 holiday per City Code enacted in 2014. Collectively, marked and unmarked Los Angeles County Sheriff’s vehicles carrying members of the Duarte Special Assignment Team, along with an additional 10 deputy sheriffs, 6 Community Service and 3 Code Compliance Officers, worked throughout the community to deter the detonation of illegal fireworks, and to ensure “Safe and Sane” fireworks only were being used in the City. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Fire Department stated there was one reported call for a fire related incident at approximately 10:30 pm on Ferndale resulting in slight damage to an outdoor fence and no other structures or vehicles. Engine 44 responded to seven medical aid calls between July 4 and 5th.
At the upcoming July 24thCity Council meeting, starting at 7:00 pm in the Community Center, the discussion will focus on whether the Council should either approve the placement of a measure banning fireworks on the November 2018 ballot, or by solely a vote of the Council, pass an ordinance banning legal fireworks stating in 2019. All those concerned about the issue whether in favor or not of continuing the sale and detonation of legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks in the City are encouraged to attend. For additional information on the ordinance or the upcoming Council discussion, contact Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931.