Sheriff issues reminder that all fireworks banned in Contra Costa County

Possession can lead to fines worth $5,000, include jail time

With the Fourth of July nearly here, many residents in the San Ramon Valley may wish to celebrate with a fireworks display of their own to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day, but the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office has reminded residents that fireworks are illegal countywide.

Deputy-sheriffs and police officers will be on high alert and on the lookout during the national holiday, confiscating illegal fireworks and issuing fines that can be worth anywhere from $500 to $5,000.

“Typical fireworks problems in the past have included aerial skyrockets of varying sizes, from bottle rockets to three inch mortar launched shells. Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess in Contra Costa County,” the sheriff's office said on its Facebook page.

Contra Costa County is a “fireworks-free zone,” meaning that the possession and sale of fireworks -- including those often referred to as “safe and sane” such as sparklers, snaps and smoke balls -- is illegal throughout the county, in all cities and unincorporated areas including the San Ramon Valley communities.

Sheriff's officials added that residents who are found in possession of particularly dangerous fireworks such as M-80s or cherry bombs can face a felony conviction resulting in up to $5,000 in fines as well as imprisonment.

“Violators may either receive a citation in the case of a misdemeanor, or they could be booked in jail for felony use or possession of fireworks,” officials said.

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