As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Santa Barbara Fire Department reminds community members that all types of fireworks are illegal in the city of Santa Barbara.

This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used in Santa Barbara even if they are legal in the city where they are purchased. Possession of fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and may be punishable up to $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

With COVID-19 protective measures in place, most official fireworks events have not been scheduled this year. Check local news outlets for updates and information about other activities related to July 4.

City of Santa Barbara Fire Code 5601.1.3 Fireworks, SB City Municipal Code Section 8.04.020 states: “All fireworks shall be illegal in the City of Santa Barbara including California State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” fireworks. No person shall possess, transport, sell or offer for sale any such fireworks.”

Fireworks fire and injury facts (Source: NFPA’s Fireworks Fires and Injuries report):

Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.

In 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks-related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.

These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu and Jason Ng.