VALLEY CENTER–The Valley Center Fire Protection District reminds residents that fireworks, firecrackers and “consumer” fireworks are extremely dangerous and unpredictable, capable of causing serious burns and disfiguring injuries. Additionally, fireworks can easily ignite dry brush, grasses and dead tree material due to current, severe dry conditions and low fuel moistures in Valley Center’s native vegetation.
All fireworks, including “consumer” fireworks or “safe and sane” fireworks are illegal in San Diego County. “Consumer” fireworks include cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, roman candles, sky rockets, firecrackers, mines and shells, helicopter-type rockets, sparklers, poppers, and revolving wheels.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has the authority to seize these fireworks and to cite and/or arrest those bearing them.
Although neighboring San Bernardino and Riverside Counties permit the sale and use of “consumer” fireworks, transporting these pyrotechnics into San Diego County is against the law.
Local residents are encouraged to bring fireworks or firecrackers to any one of the Valley Center Fire Protection District stations for proper disposal, no questions asked. Bring fireworks and firecrackers to either the Valley Center Fire Station #72 at 28234 Lilac Road or Fire Station 73 at 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.
The Valley Center Fire Protection District asks residents to leave the use of fireworks to trained pyrotechnic operators and crews.
The Valley Center Community Center will present its Fourth of July fireworks show at 9 p.m.