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The Bakersfield FIRE Department Seeks a Safer July 4th for all Residents

The Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks, and it would be hard to imagine the festivities in Bakersfield without them. But, celebrations can become tragic when someone is injured or fire erupts. Despite regulations on the type of fireworks available for sale to the general public, an elevated risk of personal injury and property damage is inherent during the fireworks activity.

Fireworks can only be purchased within the city limits from 12:00 pm July 1 through 12:01 am July 5. Remember, most accidents involve children ages 5 to 14, so close supervision is a must.  To be legal in California, all fireworks must have the State of California Fire Marshal’s seal and slogan, “Safe and Sane.”  All others including “Safe and Sane” that have been modified in any manner are illegal.
  • Always read directions and follow these safety rules:

  • Never allow young children to play with fireworks - always have an adult present. 

  • Always ignite outdoors away from people, structures, vehicles, dry grass, or other combustibles.

  • Never alter or disassemble fireworks.

  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks or light ones that have loose fuses or leaking powder.

  • Never throw fireworks at another person or animal.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket. 

  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.

  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the device with water from a bucket or other water source. 
REMINDER: All Piccolo Pete or other whistling-type fireworks, aerial fireworks, and Ground Bloom-type fireworks are illegal for sale or use in the City of Bakersfield. For more information please visit

Contact: BFD Public Information @ (661) 326-3688 for additional information.

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