Fireworks can be beautiful, but they can be unpredictable and deadly. Numerous fires have resulted from the use of personal fireworks, not to mention causing severe injuries.

Personal fireworks are illegal throughout Big Bear Valley. Fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal throughout California.

“The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear are the professional Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake,” said Mike Maltby, fire marshal and assistant chief for the Big Bear Fire Department. “No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.”

Big Bear Fire Department encourages the community to be safe this holiday. If someone is seen using personal fireworks, call 911 immediately.

For more information, contact the Big Bear Fire Department at or 909-866-7566.

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