Illegal firework use and/or sales carries fines of $2,000-$5,000
The City of Monterey Park allows the use of fireworks on the Fourth of July from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. only in the city; however, they are not allowed in city parks. Permitted fireworks must be “Safe and Sane” and cannot be modified or altered (MPMC 5.48.190).
The Monterey Park Fire Department's Arson Team and the Police Department have begun patrolling the city to ensure safe preservation of the community. This year, the city has adopted a new fine schedule for the use and/or sale of illegal fireworks. Individuals failing to comply with the city's fireworks ordinance and found with illegal fireworks or igniting fireworks before July 4 may be susceptible to fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 and confiscation of the fireworks. Fireworks seized will be destroyed in the interest of public safety and the citee may be liable for the cost of destruction of confiscated fireworks.
So enjoy the Fourth of July, but remember to use Safe and Sane only within the allowable times. If you and your family would like to celebrate somewhere other than your home, join the City of Monterey Park at its Fourth of July Celebration at Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Avenue. Festivities begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the Fourth of July Celebration, visit www.MontereyPark.ca.gov or search for “Monterey Park Fourth of July.”
Division Chief Matt Hallock, Monterey Park Fire Department