The use of consumer fireworks on the Fourth of July is as American as apple pie and backyard barbecues. However, fireworks are illegal in the cities of Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Simi Valley, and in other cities throughout Ventura County.
Each Independence Day, fire and police departments throughout Ventura County respond to calls for service when it comes to illegal possession and use of fireworks, medical responses, noise complaints, concerns about fire hazards, and animals in distress. Possession or use of any type of fireworks in Ventura is punishable by a fine of up to $424, while possession of larger amounts of fireworks may lead to a felony charge.
But Fillmore is the only city in Ventura County that it is legal to purchase and use fireworks. Keep in mind, you must use them there as well. Certified non-profit organizations in Fillmore participate in the “Safe & Sane” fireworks fundraiser, where fireworks are available for purchase from various vendors and discharged within the Fillmore City limits only.
At Wilfert Law P.C., we hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July. Our Ventura criminal defense legal team encourages you and your family to enjoy many of the approved and legal-fireworks shows throughout Ventura County, rather than set off your own and risk arrest and/or injury.
In Ventura, the Rotary Club will hold its annual fireworks show Wednesday at Ventura College. This astonishing, family-friendly show is a jail-free and injury-free way to enjoy our country's independence.