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the County of Sonoma Reminds Residents of Fireworks Ban as well as Ongoing Health Safety Measures.
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Fireworks Ban and Ongoing Health Safety Measures

Jul 1, 2020

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County of Sonoma Reminds Residents of Fireworks Ban

As Independence Day approaches, the County of Sonoma Fire Prevention division would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks are illegalin unincorporated Sonoma County. “Our dry summer landscape creates a greater potential for fires caused by fireworks,” said Sonoma County Fire Marshal, Chief James Williams.

“It is essential that the Sonoma County community celebrate the Fourth of July safely this year which includes not utilizing fireworks as entertainment,” stated Chair Gorin, “we have been working hard to protect ourselves and neighbors in recent months and we must continue to be diligent now that fire season has arrived.” 

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 (NFPA), 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, 2018.

For more information on the County of Sonoma’s Fire Prevention work, please visit:www.sonomacounty.ca.gov/FirePrevention 

Ongoing Health Safety Measures

It is crucial business owners and employees and the public continue to take control of their role in stopping the spread of the virus, and wear facial coverings, social distance, and follow industry specific requirements.

To view the Health Order and a list of open and closed industries, visit www.SoCoEmergency.org. Businesses that remain closed are higher risk activities like night clubs, saunas, and ball pits. These activities are not currently allowed in California, and are part of the State’s Stage 4 Roadmap to Recovery.

Residents may visit www.SoCoEmergency.org   for more information, or call  2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211 in order to text with a 2-1-1 operator. Additional updates are available on County of Sonoma (@countyofsonoma) social media.

FIREWORKS according to Area or cities:

Unincorporated Areas

All fireworks are illegal. During the Fourth of July celebration, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department will be strictly enforcing the ban on all fireworks, including sparklers, within the unincorporated areas of the county. If you are found using any type of fireworks, you can be arrested and you may be fined, sentenced to jail or both. The fines and penalties increase if you are found in possession of fireworks classified as dangerous.

Incorporated Areas

May not include all regulations. Check your local municipality for complete information.

Cloverdale

Sales and discharge of State-approved fireworks permitted within the city limits. All other fireworks use (illegal - fly through the air, across the ground or explode) are prohibited. Enforcement teams will be patrolling the city, issuing citations for possession and discharge of illegal fireworks.

Cotati

The City of Cotati prohibits all fireworks.

Healdsburg

All fireworks including "Safe and Sane" are prohibited in the City Limits and the surrounding unincorporated County Areas. Police and Fire personnel will enforce these regulations and issue citations to guilty parties. This year the vegetation is extremely dry and even a small spark can start a large fire. Please be fire wise.

Petaluma

The City of Petaluma banned firework use effective June 8, 2020.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for all firework use – including fireworks previously considered legal. Property owners will be held responsible for firework activity that occurs on their property and will be cited accordingly, regardless of who possesses or lights the fireworks. Violations will incur a $1,000 fine.

Rohnert Park

In the City of Rohnert Park, the sales of State-Approved Fireworks are allowed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 30th and ending at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th. The use of state-approved fireworks may occur beginning on June 30th and ending on July 4th between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:30p.m. It is prohibited to light off fireworks in commercial parking lots.

Illegal fireworks are prohibited. Enforcement teams will be patrolling the city and issuing $1,000 citations for possession, use, storage, sale, and discharge of illegal fireworks.

Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa Fire Department would like to remind citizens and visitors that all fireworks are illegal (View the city ordinance) in the City of Santa Rosa and the unincorporated areas surrounding the City. This includes the possession, sale and discharge of any type of firework. Please see our Web site or contact our administrative office at (707) 543-3500 for more information.

Sebastopol

Sales and discharge of State-approved fireworks permitted within the city limits. All other fireworks use (illegal - fly through the air, across the ground or explode) are prohibited. Enforcement teams will be patrolling the city, issuing citations for possession and discharge of illegal fireworks.

Note: Firework sales in Sebastopol have been suspended for 2020.

Sales and discharge of State-approved fireworks permitted within the city limits. All other fireworks use (illegal - fly through the air, across the ground or explode) are prohibited. Enforcement teams will be patrolling the city, issuing citations for possession and discharge of illegal fireworks.

 

Sonoma

The sale, possession or use of fireworks of any type is not permitted.

Windsor

The Town of Windsor prohibits all fireworks.

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