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City of Santa Maria amps up resources to catch illegal firework use

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 21:27:08-04

The City of Santa Maria making it easier for residents to report fireworks this year by offering new resources and special police fireworks enforcement.

They include:

  • A single witness with photo or video evidence can now be used to report illegal fireworks use. Previously, two witnesses were required to report someone.
  • When the use of illegal fireworks is evident, but no one can be connected to it, the owner of the home where the illegal fireworks use happened can be cited under the new “Social Host” provision.
  • People can use the “Nail Em” app on their phones to place report illegal firework use. To download the app go to Google Play or the App Store and search “Nail Em.” The city can use your location to map future enforcement patrols.
  • There will be extra police officers on patrol to respond to firework calls starting June 30 and up until July 4.

Santa Maria also has an illegal fireworks hotline 805-925-0951 extension 3473 (FIRE) that anyone can call if they want to report illegal firework use.

Safe and Sane firework use:

Safe and Sane fireworks can only be used during a 12 hours period on July 4 which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Anyone who violates this will be fined $1,000.

Safe and Sane firework sales start Friday, June 28 at 12 p.m. Only 23 licensed booths have been approved to sell Safe and Sane fireworks.