Independence Day is the birth of our nation and gives us much to celebrate, but fireworks can be dangerous and should not be treated as toys. They cause blindness, maiming and even death when misused. Fireworks cause more fires on the Fourth of July than all of causes combined, also keep in mind the previous wild fires in the last couple of years.

In California it is illegal to have any fireworks that explode, shoot in the air and also fireworks that move along the ground.

In unincorporated San Bernardino County it is illegal to have any type of fireworks in your possession. Law enforcement will confiscate any fireworks and issue citations to the offenders. If misused fireworks cause a fire the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and also be liable for damages.

Fireworks are not allowed in Hesperia; however, safe and sane fireworks are allowed in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino.

Please call the fire departments in these cities for more information.

Here is some safety advice if your thinking about using fireworks this July 4, please keep these safety tips in mind:

Consider alternatives, for example, you can watch spectacular fireworks safely at a community celebration.
Don't allow children to use fireworks-even safe and sane ones-without adult supervision.
Always read and follow label instructions.
Always have water (garden hose/bucket) and a fire extinguisher within arms reach.
Always place fireworks on a firm, non-combustible surface before lighting.
Never re-light "dud" fireworks.
Never attempt to make your own firework, leave that to the experts.
Never point, throw or mishandle fireworks.
Even safe and sane sparklers can ignite clothing easily.

Due to the severe fire season, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and County fire encourage residents to partake in a locally sponsored 4th of July celebration and leave the firework displays to the experts.

To report a fire emergency : 9-1-1

Fire dispatch (non-emergency): 909-356-3805