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Police and fire ready for fireworks issues

ILLEGAL FIREWORKS seized in Garden Grove in 2014 (GGFD photo).

During the upcoming July 4th holiday, the Garden Grove police and fire departments are seeking to raise the public’s awareness to safety and increased police and fire presence.  Additional police patrols will be identifying violators of the city’s municipal code on fireworks.  Using or possessing illegal fireworks, including misusing or tampering with legal ones, carries a $1,000 administrative fine.

In accordance with Garden Grove Municipal Code firework regulations, discharge of safe and sane fireworks is permissible on private property only. Police patrols will again focus on high-activity illegal fireworks areas including Katella Street, between Euclid and Brookhurst; Dino Circle; Garden Grove Park; and the Buena-Clinton neighborhood.

All city parks will close by 5 p.m. on July 4.  Park tennis courts, basketball courts, and softball fields will also be locked by 5 p.m.  Park sprinkler systems will be activated at 6 p.m.

Last year, the police department issued 47, $1,000 administrative citations, up four citations from 2015.  The highest number of $1,000 citations, 126, were written in 2007, the first year that the $1,000 administrative citation was put into place.

Garden Grove firework sales take place from July 1-4.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 1-3; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.

For more information, please call the Garden Grove Fireworks Hotline at (714) 741-5270, or visit the City of Garden Grove or Garden Grove Fire Department Facebook page.  For July 4 safety tips, visit the Garden Grove Fire Department webpage at

In Huntington Beach, police have a new official phone number to report illegal fireworks. It is (714) 536-5683 (LOUD). The HBPD is asking members of the public to provide a specific address in order to direct officers to where the problem is, and to not tie up emergency lines by calling 911.



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