City of Pleasant Hill

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Safety tips and usage of fireworks in Pleasant Hill

Fireworks

Pleasant Hill fireworks terms and usage 
The City of Pleasant Hill will soon allow the use of fireworks on limited days following the State Legislation that went into effect June 1. If these are used outside the designated dates and times listed below, it is considered to be a violation and could result in a fine up to $500. The City wants people to responsibly enjoy the use of fireworks within the guidelines established by the city ordinance outlined below.

Citizens may discharge consumer fireworks July 4 between the hours of noon to 11:00 p.m. and December 31 from noon to January 1 at 1 a.m.

Per state law, a person shall not use, explode or discharge consumer fireworks on real property other than that person’s real property or on the real property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property. Sidewalks, the right-of-way between sidewalks and the street, and the City streets are all public property and thus are prohibited. Parks, trails, public parking lots are also off limits.

While celebrating our freedom, city officials ask that residents and visitors abide by the dates and times set. Please be considerate of any neighbors who may have a known sensitivity to fireworks noise, or their pets and be mindful of proximity to others’ property lines.

The State Fire Marshal provides some practical advice for the use of fireworks:

  • Read the label: Each firework should give directions about the proper use of the device and the description of how it should perform, so read the label and follow the directions.
  • Avoid aerial rockets in populated areas: The direction of travel may change after setting off the device, and could injure people or set buildings on fire.
  • Keep fountains away from buildings: Fountains stay in one place, but they can shoot upward in the air and set buildings on fire.
  • Talk with your neighbors before using fireworks:  The noise of fireworks may disturb neighbors who have Post Traumatic Stress Injuries, and often frighten animals, so talk with your neighbors before setting off the fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks at others: If the firework goes off early or goes in an unintended direction, it can hurt people nearby.
  • Never use illegal fireworks:  Devices with higher levels of explosives are extremely dangerous, so never use items known as M-80, M-100, silver salute, blockbuster, or quarterpounder.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Click here for more safety tips from the State Fire Marshal.

Click here to view the zoning districts within Pleasant Hill. To view the fireworks ordinance amending Chapter 41, click here.

Enjoy a safe holiday season.

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