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One thing you need to know about commercial fireworks: they're all illegal in San Diego County

All consumer fireworks have been illegal in all regions of San Diego County for decades, including sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, and even poppers.

All consumer fireworks have been illegal in all regions of San Diego County for decades, including sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, and even poppers. 

Many may feel tempted this Fourth of July weekend to celebrate by setting off their own fireworks show, but it comes at a large and risky cost. According to CalFire, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 and jailed for up to one year.

According to recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, more than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually. Something as simple as a sparkler can get to over 1,500 degrees which is hot enough to cause 3rd-degree burns, according to the Burn Institute

new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a 24 percent increase between 2006 and 2021 of injuries by fireworks in the United States. The report found nine deaths last year, and an estimated 11,500 people were injured in fireworks-related incidents. 

“It’s imperative that consumers know the risks involved in using fireworks, so injuries and tragedies can be prevented. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch the professional displays,” CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said in a press release. 

In addition, he said, “CPSC’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations continues to work closely with other federal agencies to prevent the sale of illegal consumer fireworks.” 

Emergency rooms saw 4,100 fewer people who landed in the emergency room for injuries involving fireworks compared to 2020 when many displays were canceled during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the report, young adults 20 to 24 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries in 2021. 

Instead of risking the safety and well-being of yourself, those around you, and thousands of dollars, families can find professional displays and other events throughout San Diego County