The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is encouraging those celebrating the Fourth of July to do so in a safe and responsible manner.
“We are reminding residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those marked ‘safe and sane,’” are illegal in the city of Long Beach,” states a press release from the LBPD. “The police department will be out in force the days leading up to and on July 4 to ensure compliance with the Long Beach city ordinance that bans fireworks. Anyone found in violation of the city ordinance may be cited or arrested. Those found in violation may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months or both.”
The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification.
The LBPD additionally warns that police officers will also strictly enforce laws pertaining to drunk driving, drinking in public, public intoxication, underage drinking and illegal barbecues.
The use of personal barbecues in all city parks and beaches is prohibited.
Use of permanent city installed barbecues is acceptable.
All parks and beaches from Shoreline Drive to the end of the peninsula will be heavily patrolled.
“For those who would like to enjoy fireworks, please plan to attend a safe and professionally controlled firework show to ensure the safety of your family, friends and property,” the LBPD states.
Those looking for a location to dispose of fireworks may voluntarily do so at all fire stations, lifeguard headquarters, 2100 E. Ocean Blvd., on the West side of the Junipero lot, or any police station.
“The Long Beach Police Department encourages responsible parenting and request that parents closely supervise their children, set expectations for proper behavior and monitor their activities,” the department states. “We also urge everyone to follow the ‘See Something, Say Something’ philosophy and report suspicious or illegal activity by calling Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1. Together, we can enjoy a safe holiday.”