Chapter 7.16


7.16.010    Fireworks defined.

7.16.020    Sale and discharge – Rules governing.

7.16.030    Exceptions.

7.16.040    Repealed.

7.16.010 Fireworks defined.

“Fireworks” means and includes any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and includes blank cartridges, toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, daygo bombs, sparklers, or other devices of like construction and any devices containing any explosive or flammable compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance, except that the term “fireworks” shall not include auto flares, paper caps containing not in excess of an average of 0.25 of a grain of explosive content per cap, and toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices for use of such caps, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times. (Ord. 203 § 2, 1962; Ord. 66 §§ 1, 2, 1925)

7.16.020 Sale and discharge – Rules governing.

The manufacture of fireworks is prohibited within the municipality.

Except as hereinafter provided it shall be unlawful for any person to store, to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks, except safe and sane fireworks as defined in Cal. Health and Safety Code Division 11, Part 2.

The Chief of the Fire Department shall have power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the granting of permits for supervised public displays of fireworks by the municipality, fair associations, amusement parks, and other organizations. Every such display shall be handled by a competent operator approved by the Chiefs of the Police and Fire Departments of the municipality, and shall be of such a character, and so located, discharged or fired as in the opinion of the Chief of the Fire Department, after proper inspection, shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person. (Ord. 206, 1962; Ord. 203 § 3, 1962; Ord. 66 §§ 1, 2, 1925)

7.16.030 Exceptions.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit any resident wholesaler, dealer, or jobber to sell at wholesale such fireworks as are not herein prohibited; or the sale of any kind of fireworks provided the same are to be shipped directly out of State; or the use of fireworks by railroads or other transportation agencies for signal purposes or illumination; or the sale or use of blank cartridges for a show or theater, or for signal or ceremonial purposes in athletics or sports, or for use by military organizations. Such wholesalers, dealers, and jobbers shall store their supplies of fireworks in accordance with Section 12.7 of the Fire Prevention Code recommended by the National Board of Fire Underwriters. (Ord. 203 § 4, 1962; Ord. 66 §§ 1, 2, 1925)

7.16.040 Penalty for violation.

Repealed by Ord. CCO-20-04. (Ord. CCO-95-04, 1995; Ord. 444, 1989; Ord. 66 § 3, 1925)