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.
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.