DUARTE, CA, July 5, 2016 – Educating the community about the new firework ordinances and fines by the City of Duarte appeared to have proved successful. As such, five, two deputy cars and two undercover cars consisting of the Duarte Special Assignment Team members, along with eight additional deputy personnel and four Community Service Officers, conducted a "Fireworks Suppression Operation"
throughout the area to deter the detonation of illegal fireworks, and to ensure “Safe and Sane” fireworks only were being let off in the City. Efforts by participating deputies yielded 19, $1,000 citations, two misdemeanor arrests and the seizure of approximately 300 pounds of illegal fireworks.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department further reported that fireworks activity throughout the City of Duarte appeared to have substantially decreased this year as compared to past seasons. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Fire Department stated there were no reported calls for fire related offenses and or for damage to any structures or vehicles. Engine 44 responded to four medical aid calls and one traffic collision call between July 4 and 5th. Engine 244 did not response to any Duarte-specific 911 calls or fireworks-related responses in either Duarte or Bradbury. Activity at City parks involving fireworks usage was consistent with the City's municipal code.
In past years and especially in light of the recent San Gabriel Complex fire, residents and other community members have expressed significant concern regarding the deployment and detonation of illegal fireworks in the City. In response to this discussion, the City Council will be discussing its current Fireworks ordinance at the upcoming July 12, 2016 City Council meeting starting at 7:00 pm. All those concerned about the issue whether in favor or not of continuing the sale and detonation of legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks in the City are encouraged to attend.
The City of Duarte and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department strictly enforced illegal fireworks restrictions on the Fourth of July, 2016 holiday per City Code enacted in 2014. Specifically, Fireworks were only allowed to be discharged on the day of July 4th between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. and were no longer allowed on the days leading up to the holiday. Violators of the City's new fireworks restriction maybe be prosecuted and receive up to a $1000 fine and/or six months in jail. The California State Fire Marshall has decreed a zero tolerance against illegal fireworks due to the severe drought conditions. For additional information on the ordinance or the upcoming Council discussion, contact Duarte Public Safety by calling (626) 357-7938 or to report a fireworks violation in action, please contact LASD Temple Station at 626 285-7171.