Illegal Fireworks

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During the hot days of summer, the City of Glendora looks forward to celebrating the 4th of July.  The Glendora Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the ban on all types of fireworks in Glendora.  There is good reason for this ban, as fireworks are the primary cause of thousands of fires and injuries throughout the United States each 4th of July. The good news is that these fires and injuries are preventable, if people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks.

The California Fire Code adopted by the City of Glendora prohibits any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety.  Section 7802.3 of the fire code prohibits the manufacturing, possession, storage, sale use and handling of fireworks.

The Glendora Police Department will be on the lookout for fireworks throughout the 4th of July holiday period. Anyone caught in possession of fireworks will have the fireworks confiscated and is subject to a citation.  The penalty for violation is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months.

In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, or scars or even death or disfigurement that can last a lifetime. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head, or hands.  Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F. (information from the National Fire Protection Agency).


  • 3301.1.3 L.A. County Fire Code – Prohibits possession or explosion of fireworks (including safe and sane) in the county areas of Los Angeles County.
  • 18.04.010 GMC – Adopts the L.A. County Fire Code. 
  • 18.04.020 GMC – Authorizes the seizure of fireworks 
  • 9.62.010 GMC – Makes it unlawful for any person to sell, use, or discharge any fireworks within the city, including, but not limited to, “safe and sane” fireworks.  
  • 12671 H&S – Prohibits the possession, storage or discharge of fireworks not registered by the State Fire Marshall. 
  • 12677 H&S – Prohibits the possession of dangerous fireworks (firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles) as defined in section 12505 H&S.


To report the use of fireworks in your area, call the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250.
Please have the violator's full address for the police department when making your call.