Places Where Fireworks Are Legal in L.A. County

Here is a list of the cities that still allow fireworks and a list of those that do not.

Where are fireworks legal in L.A. County?

Certain L.A. cities allow the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks.

  • Cities that permit the use of “safe and sane” fireworks are: Alhambra, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Duarte, Gardena, El Monte, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Mirada, La Puente, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, Temple City
  • Cities that do not permit fireworks of any kind: All county unincorporated areas, Agoura Hills, Arcadia, Avalon, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Calabasas, Cerritos, Claremont, Covina, Culver City, Diamond Bar, El Segundo, Glendale, Glendora, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, La Canada Flintridge, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Lancaster, La Verne, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Marino, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South Pasadena, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier
Jen Havens June 29, 2011 at 06:32 PM
I'm not criticizing the decision to have a fireworks show in Monrovia, just wondering why we have one since it is illegal? It hasn't made any sense to me since it started a few years ago. Concerts in the park to bring the community together are not illegal and make sense, but the fireworks? Who can explain the 'why'? As a side note: It makes my job as a pet care professional an even more difficult task when there are extremely loud booms over the houses of freaked out pets. If you ask any vet, shelter, or Animal Control unit, they will all tell you that the 5th of July is one of the worst days to work. I am also curious to find out what the dog-owning residents who will be at the fireworks show will be doing to keep their dogs safe and calm? It's really none of my business, but I am curious to find out how they will prevent their own pets from ending up in a shelter this weekend. Again, this is in no way a criticism or a judgement...I honestly would like to get the answers.
Jen Havens June 29, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Oops...actually, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th this year will be crazy for our pets, the vets, shelters, etc.
Danielle Corona June 29, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Fireworks aren't illegal for gov't entities to put on shows, only private residents. Secondly, if firework shows were outlawed, there would be another reason to have a 2nd Revolution!
Danielle Corona June 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I suppose, Jen, it just depends on if you place any value on the tradition of fireworks. As a parent of children in the school district, and a supporter of our Monrovia Schools Foundation, I hear where you are coming from. But, just as music has educational value, so does the Celebration of our traditions and heritage. You're not a fuddy duddy... and as a pet lover, I genuinely understand your fear for our furry friends. That being said, I am very happy to Celebrate the 4th of July with a Bang and a Boom! ***
Jen Havens June 29, 2011 at 10:40 PM
The premise of my question is not really why we CAN have a show, but why DO we? To bring the community together to celebrate? For fun? There are other ways to do that that don't bust your ear drums, hurt your necks and eyes, or create fear in pets, especially those that reside close to the park. I just hope people care enough not to bring their dogs to the fireworks portion of the event. My personal opinion doesn't appear to really matter on things like this, but I can think of so many ways to spend the thousands it costs to put on this show and would love to see the funds utilized differently. The school libraries, for example. The show seems to be funded by sponsors, not the city, so, that means to me that it is not a "gov't entity". I'm sure the city does not want to be blamed for spending thousands on this frivolity when our schools are in so much trouble. I do know that at least two of the sponsors are huge advocates for education and make great contributions to many charities, so please don't misunderstand my question of "Why?" and my opinion to mean that I am critical of where they put their money. It's none of my business where anyone else puts their money. It may cause me to re-think where I spend mine, however. I will absolutely support and enjoy the concert (with my dog) before the show and leave before the fireworks start. Music IS something that is educational, are fireworks? I know, I'm an old fuddy, I'm okay with it :-)
Danielle Corona June 30, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Remember, also, the City is trying to curb illegal fireworks, and by providing a free option, it limits the amount of trips the fire dept. has to make, limits the property damage from home use fire works, and limits injury. All good things.
jake June 30, 2011 at 02:04 AM
jake June 30, 2011 at 02:06 AM
First of all its so un american to ban fireworks, so any comment made about this topic should only be made by communist.
Nicoline Conway June 30, 2011 at 04:18 AM
My friend Jen is no communist she is just a a very passionate loving dog owner who cares about the welfare of animals and people.
Nicoline Conway June 30, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Jen, I had a German Shepard named Ginger Bear growing up. My parents always had to get tranquilizers for her because she would literally break through the screens and practically kill herself from frights. We had to keep her in the garage and the poor dog was definitely suffering. She ran away several times due to that, so I hear you on that aspect of keeping our dogs safe. I'm talking about 4th of July and New Years. Poor dog.
Danielle Corona June 30, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Oh Jake, don't be ridiculous.
Jen Havens July 01, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Jake, thanks for the giggle :-) Tradition means a great deal to me. America sort of made fireworks part of a tradition, it's not really ours to claim. If it's part of YOUR tradition, fantastic, glad you enjoy the show. It's not part of mine and I don't enjoy it. We like different things and I appreciate that freedom :-) I want to feel confident that this show does in fact curb the use of illegal fireworks. The City isn't putting this show on. What efforts is the City making? Where I live, I hear the same amount of fireworks I have for years, What neighborhoods are hearing less? I haven't called MPD in the past three years because four years ago, my calls were ignored. I can't be the only one that's not calling for this reason. Are MPD/MFD not receiving as many calls because of the fireworks show? Are there fewer injuries and fires? I hope so, but I would need to see the numbers. Again, I am not suggesting the show or fireworks are banned altogether...just want to know "why" have a show when fireworks are illegal in Monrovia? Provide me with the numbers that have decreased because of this show to answer the "why" and give the show purpose. Pretty is not purpose.
Jen Havens July 01, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Nic, thank you for writing such nice things about me :-) I too, had a Shepherd who freaked out while in the backyard for a potty break. She attempted to jump a four foot chain link fence and ended up hanging off of it by her belly skin. It was awful! Fireworks were illegal in Monrovia and this was in Monrovia. I think, having worked in the professional pet care industry for 20 years, some dog owners still don't get the dangers. It's those dog owners that will lose their dogs this weekend. I strongly urge all pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets inside and feeling safe. I have to give my dogs sedatives for three nights because of the illegal use of fireworks. During the show I have to double up, poor dogs are drooling by the time it's over.
Sandra July 31, 2011 at 08:31 AM
I'm not just in agreement with Jen.... I'm a customer! lol (Might need a full-timer for a week toward October/November, Jen!)
Steve Buckner July 31, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Do as I say and not what I do” Lip service is their gift and they just keep on giving. ....


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