Fireworks Safety

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Only Safe and Sane Fireworks Allowed in South El Monte

$1000 Fine for Illegal Fireworks

Safe and Sane Seal for Legal Fireworks

The City of South El Monte reminds residents that only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are legal in the City.  

Safe and sane fireworks are essentially fireworks that stay on the ground. California law prohibits the sale and use of aerial fireworks to the general public.


Illegal Fireworks Are Prohibited In South El Monte - $1,000 Fine for Illegal Fireworks

Discharging illegal fireworks is against the law and strictly prohibited! Illegal fireworks –any item that explodes, and/or rises in the air and that are not approved and labeled “Safe and Sane” by the State Fire Marshal –pose serious safety threats.

Anyone caught possessing, selling, distributing, will be fined and are subject to arrest. State law provides a fine of up to $1000 and/or a year in jail upon conviction for violating fireworks laws.

Report Illegal Fireworks in South El Monte

Report the exact location of illegal fireworks use, sales, and suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Temple Station at (626) 285-7171. 

Here are some safety tips for using fireworks this Fourth of July holiday:


  • Buy only State Fire Marshal-approved (Safe and Sane) fireworks. They must have the State Fire Marshal’s seal on them and can only be purchased at licensed fireworks stands.
  • Always read directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Light one at a time.
  • Use common sense and keep a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never experiment with fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Fireworks are not toys.
  • Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.


Sale of Safe and Sane Fireworks In South El Monte 

The sale of “Safe and Sane” fireworks is legal in the City of South El Monte.

Keep South El Monte Clean and Beautiful 

Help keep our City clean and beautiful! Residents are asked to clean up after own fireworks celebration by picking up all the debris caused by any and all “Safe and Sane” fireworks this Fourth of July Holiday.

Pet Safety This Fourth of July

SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) offers safety tips for pet owners to keep their pets safe this Fourth of July and all summer long. 

To view safety tips, click here (PDF)

City’s 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks Show CANCELLED

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to observe the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health social distancing safety guidelines, the City’s annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show is Cancelled for 2020. 

Celebrate 4th of July Responsibly  

Follow Public Health Official Guidelines and only host small gatherings with your immediate family. All City parks will remain closed, so you can stay Safer at Home.