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Contra Costa County is a ‘fireworks-free zone’; the sale, possession or use of fireworks of all types and sizes (including Safe & Sane fireworks) are banned in the county (County ordinance 44-2.002). This includes the unincorporated areas as well as the cities.

Police and Fire officers on patrol will confiscate all fireworks. Typical fireworks problems in the past have included aerial skyrockets of varying sizes, from bottle rockets to three inch mortar launched shells. Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess in Contra Costa County.

Offenders could also face up to $500 in fines. Possession of dangerous fireworks, like M-80’s or cherry bombs,
constitute a felony and could result in fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment.

Violators may either receive a citation in the case of a misdemeanor, or they could be booked at the jail for
felony use or possession of fireworks.

Possession, use and sales of fireworks is prohibited.

Contra Costa Ordinance 44-2.002 Restrictions--Exceptions.

(a) No person shall possess, manufacture, sell, use or discharge, or offer to do so, any fireworks (including “dangerous,” “safe and sane,” and other fireworks) as defined in or pursuant to Health and Safety Code Sections 12502 through 12504 other than fuses (red flares) properly used by railroads, peace officers, firemen and motorists.

(b) This section does not forbid or control acts or matter expressly allowed, permitted or licensed under state law; nor does it allow acts or matter more strictly forbidden or controlled by state law or by local fire regulations. (Ord. 72-19 § 1, 1972: prior code § 3220: Ord. 684)

Fire Chief Robert Piper
Pinole Fire Department

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