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Duarte to Enforce Newly Adopted Fireworks Ban for Both Legal & Illegal Fireworks Including Minimum Fines of $1,000

The City of Duarte will be enforcing restrictions on both legal and illegal fireworks usage for the Fourth of July, 2019 holiday. Fireworks may not be discharged on the day of July 4th or any other days leading up to the holiday since the passage of Measure F in November of 2018. 

Both Duarte Public Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have extra patrols out on the holiday and days leading up to it to ensure that restrictions are enforced.  Violators of the City's fireworks restrictions maybe be prosecuted and receive a $1000 fine and/or six months in jail. The California State Fire Marshall has decreed a zero tolerance against illegal fireworks due to drought conditions.  

By a little over 3 percent, the Duarte community closely voted to ban the sale and discharge of safe and sane fireworks in the City by approving Measure F, 51.23% to  48.77%  Earlier in 2018, the Duarte City Council had voted to put the measure prohibiting the sale of and discharge of legal fireworks starting in July, 2019 before the voters on the upcoming November 2018 ballot.  Prior to that vote and over the last few years, a growing number of residents had begun to express significant concern regarding the sale and discharge of both legal and illegal fireworks in the City.  Safe and sane fireworks sales and usage had been legal in the City since incorporation in 1957.

The loud booms and bursts of fireworks on the 4thcan also scare dogs, cats and critters, causing them to run away. In fact, the 4th of July is one the busiest days of the year for animal shelters around the country. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe. 

  • Keep pets indoors with windows and doors closed. Fireworks can cause animals to change their behavior and do things like jump over fences and/or bite a human.
  • Play music to help cover the noise of Fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks next to your pet.
  • Don’t take your dog to the fireworks display.
  • If you are home, do an activity that your dog enjoys and will take their mind off the noise outside.
  • Give dogs a bully stick or chew toy to help occupy their time.
  • Tire your dog out by exercising them before the festivities begin.
  • Use pet-friendly calming spray or oils.
  • If your dog already uses a Thundershirt, put this on them.
  • Make sure your pet has an updated ID tag worn on a secure collar.
  • Get your pet microchippedbefore the 4thof July holiday.
  • If your pet runs away, check neighborhood, contact Duarte Public Safety at 626 357-7938 during normal business hours and Los County Animal Control at 626 962-3577.

For additional information regarding fireworks, contact Duarte Public Safety at (626) 357-7938 or, if you see someone discharging any type of firework in the community, contact LASD Temple Station (626) 285-7171.