Anthony Saude

EASTVALE  –It is illegal to possess, discharge, or sell fireworks within the city limits. All fireworks, even your basic sparklers are illegal, not only in Eastvale but in all Riverside County. Every year fireworks cause major injuries and damages that many times end tragically. Stopping the use of illegal fireworks will put an end these things happening; just leave the fireworks to the professionals.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sherriff’s Department, and City of Eastvale Code Enforcement Team will be enforcing a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy for any person caught with fireworks. Under the City of Eastvale’s Municipal Code of Ordinance: Section 8.22.030. – Prohibition it says that the possession and use of fireworks is prohibited. Anybody found in possession of Fireworks will be prosecuted and and subject to: confiscation of fireworks, arrest, citation, and/or fines. Under the City of Eastvale’s Municipal Code of Ordinance: Section 8.22.070. – Penalties, fines for violators can reach as much as $1,000. A combination of fines for the use of illegal fireworks can add up quick and could cost up to $3,500.

Riverside County is a desert with very diverse terrain and lots of dry vegetation this time of year. Fireworks, even the “safe and sane” kind can easily start a brush fire that could end in tragedy. Anybody who causes a fire by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all cost that come from putting out that fire. After the firemen are paid, truck and fuel usage and property damage costs are added up that could run in the millions of dollars.

Anyone observing the illegal use of fireworks is urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department immediately by calling dispatch at 951.776.1099. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Tips at 800.950.2444. For all immediate threats to life or property, please dial 9-1-1.

As part of our outreach and education efforts on this important subject, the City of Eastvale has created a short video in partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, and Riverside County Animal Control. You can view the video at