May 16, 2021
Fireworks violators face sharply increased penalties
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Those bent on firing off fireworks in Riverside County will be facing stiffer consequences.

County supervisors voted unanimously this week to boost penalties for first-time offenders to $1,000, $2,000 for a second offense and $5,000 for third offenses committed in unincorporated areas.

Individual cities have their own fireworks ordinances.

Tougher fireworks fines come in the wake of a public outcry over steadily increasing complaints year after year about the fire danger, noise and disruption to the quality of life. ‘911’ operators were overwhelmed with complaints last summer. In some neighborhoods, fireworks have become year ‘round.

Under the tougher Riverside County ordinance, even property owners can be held liable even if they weren’t directly involved in setting them off.

Riverside County Supervisors will give a second and final reading of the revised ordinance on May 11th. It will get its first test in time for Fourth of July observances.
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