Daniel R. Munsey, Fire Chief/Fire Warden
Home SafetyHoliday Safety Fireworks Safety

“Safe and Sane” fireworks are only allowed in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton, Needles and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino.  Please call the fire department in these cities for more information.  All fireworks are illegal elsewhere in the county. All fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.

With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, the San Bernardino County Fire Department (SBCoFD) has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and county firework laws to protect public health and safety.  Fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop attempts to smuggle tens of thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.

“Residents play an important role in our fireworks investigations. If you see something, say something. Call the authorities or WeTip hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON to anonymously report illegal fireworks,” Fire Marshal Mike Horton said.
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association, on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined.  In addition to fires, fireworks cause deaths, blindness, maiming injuries to children and adults, re-traumatize war veterans suffering from PTSD, and frighten household pets. 

While “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed in some San Bernardino County communities, the County Board of Supervisors and SBCoFD encourage residents to watch fireworks at community celebrations rather than use their own. Visit sbcfire.org for a schedule of local firework displays.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

When using Safe and Sane fireworks where allowed, SBCoFD offers some safety tips:

  • checkedAlways use fireworks (“Safe and Sane” only) with an adult present. Even a “Safe and Sane” sparkler burns at a temperature that ignites clothing easkily.
  • checkedAlways read and follow label directions
  • checkedAlways have water (garden hose/bucket) and a fire extinguisher within reach
  • checkedAlways place fireworks on a firm, non-combustible surface, like a sidewalk or pavement
  • checkedNever alter fireworks
  • checkedNever re-light “dud” fireworks
  • checkedHomemade fireworks are often deadly; leave the making of fireworks to the experts
  • checkedNever point, throw or mishandle fireworks

For more information on fireworks safety, call 909-386-8400.

Using Safe and Sane Fireworks in San Bernardino County

Report Illegal Fireworks

To report illegal fireworks activities in the following locations, call the numbers below:

City of San Bernardino

Call San Bernardino Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch at

909-383-5311
City of Fontana

Call Fontana Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch at

909-350-7700
City of Upland

Call Upland Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch at

909-946-7624
San Bernardino County

Call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch for valley areas

909-387-8313
San Bernardino County – desert areas

Call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch for the desert areas which include Hesperia, Adelanto, Needles, Joshua, etc.

760-956-5001