July Fourth: LA County announces 'zero tolerance' for fireworks in hillside, mountain areas

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Los Angeles County officials said Wednesday there is a ban on use of fireworks in the Santa Monica Mountains during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. (Photo: Fireworks are set off in Burbank on July 4, 2008.)

Los Angeles County firefighters and other officials Wednesday announced a zero tolerance policy for use of fireworks in the Santa Monica Mountains.  

During a news conference at Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook at Fryman Canyon along Mulholland Drive, L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer said the intent is to prevent wildfires in hillside and mountain areas.

“We have these beautiful vistas all around us,” Feuer said. “We also have these hillsides that are tinder dry. Water levels [are] very low. We have to express to all in Los Angeles the importance of not using fireworks.”

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L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge said smoking is also prohibited.   

“Anybody smokes a cigarette, smokes marijuana, smokes whatever they smoke ... if they’re smoking south of Ventura Blvd. or north of Franklin Avenue, watch out,” LaBonge said.  “We will give them a citation ... we have to protect out natural resources.”

Only "Safe and Sane" fireworks are allowed in 32 cities in Los Angeles County. Safe and Sane generally refers to fireworks that do not fly or explode.

But Captain Jaime Moore with the L.A. Fire Department said fireworks are not legal in the city of L.A.

"Please do not go into those unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and purchase Safe and Sane fireworks and bring them back into the city of Los Angeles," Moore said.

Officials are encouraging the public to visit a professional fireworks display.  

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly transcribed one of Feuer's quotes. 

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