Sheriff Reminds Residents: All Fireworks Are Illegal

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff reminds residents that all fireworks are illegal and that violators could face serious fines.

Fireworks Ordinance

Preceding the 4th of July weekend, the Sheriff’s Office reminded residents that Contra Costa County is a ‘fireworks-free zone.’ Under county ordinance 44-2.002, fireworks of all types and sizes (including Safe & Sane) are banned.

The Sheriff’s Office promises that deputies and officers throughout the county will be on patrol to confiscate fireworks. They say fireworks purchased in “neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess.”

Fines & Jail Time


Violators of the county ordinance can face up to $500 in fines. However, possession of dangerous fireworks such as M-80’s or cherry bombs are considered a felony and carry a much higher consequences. Offenders found with dangerous fireworks can face fines up to $5,000 and imprisonment.

Citizens who violate the county ordinance may receive a citation, but can be put in jail for felony use or possession of dangerous fireworks.


The Sheriff’s Office also reminds residents to refrain from over-celebrating: firing firearms into the air is illegal county-wide. They also remind parents to monitor their kids around fireworks displays and to never point or launch fireworks at another person (are you taking notes?).

For information about the county ordinance, you can contact Crime Prevention Specialist Kristina Gilbert at

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