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Fireworks are illegal and dangerous

The Sonoma County Fire Marshal issued a warning that all fireworks use is banned in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. Those caught using fireworks are subject to citation or jail time, and may be held criminally and civilly responsible for damage caused.

With the County of Sonoma declaring a drought emergency, these restrictions are even more important to prevent wildfire. The fire marshal encourages those who want to see fireworks to attend professional displays such as the one that will be held in Sonoma and will be visible from surrounding areas.

Although “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be legal in neighboring jurisdictions, they are part of the fireworks ban and are not allowed in the unincorporated area, which includes Kenwood and Glen Ellen.

Every year, people are seriously injured, property is damaged, and the risk of fires increases due to the illegal use of fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 other fires. Additionally, in 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks-related injuries, 5,600 of which occurred between June 22 and July 22.