By Bob Finberg

Safe and Sane Fireworks Safety Tips From the City of Palmdale

Friday, June 26, 2015

 

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department is offering these important safety tips for residents who use “Safe and Sane” fireworks in legal areas of the City of Palmdale:

·        Always read directions and use common sense.

·        Have an adult present.

·        Use outdoors onlyaway from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects.

·        Light one at a time, then move quickly away.

·        Keep others at a safe distance.

·        Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

·        Never alter or take apart fireworks.

·        Do not give to young children under any circumstances.

·        Have a bucket of water handy for emergencies and for dousing misfired and   spent fireworks.

·        Never attempt to relight or fix malfunctioning fireworks.

 

To protect your pet on the Fourth of July, take these precautions:

·        Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.

·        Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company.

·        Consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she may experience during fireworks displays.

·        Never leave pets outside unattended. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

“Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly,” said Community Safety Supervisor Kelly Long.

Only ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are allowed in Palmdale city limits except for the designated “No Fireworks Zone” where even ‘Safe and Sane’ are illegal. The ‘No Fireworks Zone’ includes the Anaverde housing development and anywhere south of the California Aqueduct, as well as neighborhoods located on the south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard along the following lines: beginning at the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street West, areas south and west of Rancho Vista Boulevard, north to Avenue N-8; south and west of Avenue N-8 from Rancho Vista Boulevard to 55th Street West; west of 55th Street West; and south from 55th Street West to 60th Street West (Godde Hill Road)..

“Our Web site, www.cityofpalmdale.org, has an interactive map that allows residents to enter their address so they can see if they live in the ‘No Fireworks Zone’ where ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are NOT allowed,” said Long. “Residents may also contact the City’s neighborhood services department at 267-5181 and our staff will assist them.”

“Illegal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in Palmdale or in the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley,” said Long.  “These are the type that explode or shoot up in the air and they are dangerous and cause a real threat to life and property,” she added.

“If people are caught using illegal fireworks in Palmdale, they will be facing a $2,500 fine for a first offense, $5,000 for a second offense and $10,000 for a third offense,” Long added. 

Safe and sane fireworks may only be discharged from noon on Sunday, June 28 through noon on Sunday, July 5. Discharging fireworks before June 28 or after July 5 will subject the violators to fines.

To report any illegal fireworks anonymously, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 272-2400.


Safe and Sane Fireworks Go on Sale in Palmdale June 28th

 

WHAT:          43 nonprofit organizations to begin selling fireworks on Sunday, June 28th

 

WHEN:          Noon to 10 pm on Sunday, June 28; 10 am to 10 pm from Monday, June 29 to Saturday, July 4; and 10 am to noon on Sunday, July 5.

 

BACKGROUND: The Palmdale City Council approved issuing permits for 43 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks at its June 3, 2015 meeting.  Only nonprofit organizations that have headquarters in Palmdale or have more than 50 percent of their membership residing in Palmdale and have a minimum of 20 members are eligible to apply for fireworks booths. Only one booth is allowed per organization.

The number of booths allowed is calculated at one booth per every 3,000 residents. Based upon current population estimates, a maximum of 51 booths would be allowed to be established in the year 2015, of which 43 have been filled by qualifying nonprofit organizations.

Organizations' booths must pass an inspection by the Los Angeles County Fire Department before the City's Code Enforcement Division will issue the fireworks permit. Fireworks may be purchased by those who are age 18 and above in the City of Palmdale.  Proof of age may be requested for purchase.

            The City of Palmdale is the only municipality in the Antelope Valley in which “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be legally sold and discharged on private property. However, the housing community Anaverde, all areas south of the California Aqueduct, and locations in the Rancho Vista area  are “no fireworks zones” and MAY NOT use any fireworks at all since they are in high risk fire areas.

The “no fireworks zone” is generally described as the area within the City of Palmdale which lies along the following lines: beginning at the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street West, areas south and west of Rancho Vista Boulevard, north to Avenue N-8; south and west of Avenue N-8 from Rancho Vista Boulevard to 55th Street West; west of 55th Street West; and south from 55th Street West to 60th Street West (Godde Hill Road).

“We’ve developed an interactive map on our Web site, www.cityofpalmdale.org, that allows residents to enter their address so they can see if they live in ‘no fireworks zone’ area where ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks are NOT allowed,” said Palmdale’s Communications Manager John Mlynar. “Residents may also contact our Neighborhood Services Department at 661/267-5181 or661/267-5170 and our staff will assist them.”

The City of Palmdale is urging residents to not use illegal fireworks, and administrative fines starting at $2,500 will be in effect. “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be purchased at 44 booths throughout the City.  City officials are urging residents to use the fireworks under safe conditions.  Educational flyers are being distributed with each purchase of fireworks. For more information, please call661/267-5181 or 661/267-5170.

Approved organizations

 

1.

Adorable Baby’s Jump Start

Parking lot at 1301 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard, north of 24 Hour Fitness

2.

American Indian Little League

39626 10th Street West (parking lot along the east side of 10th Street West, south of Applebee’s)

3.

American Legion Post #348

39445 10th Street West (parking lot along the west side of 10th Street West between Panera Bread and Rubio’s)

4.

Antelope Valley Desert Divers, Inc.

39522 10th Street West (parking lot along south side of Rancho Vista Boulevard, east of Sprint)

5.

Antelope Valley Youth Athletics, Inc.

38118 47th Street East (parking lot along north side of Avenue R, south of Vallarta)

6.

Arch Rafael and St. Mina Coptic Church

Vacant lot at the northeast corner of Avenue S and 40th Street East

7.

AV Youth Maritime Association

3875 West Rancho Vista Boulevard

8.

Cornerstone Apostolic Church of Antelope Valley

3027 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard (parking lot along the north side of Rancho Vista Boulevard, west of 30th Street West)

9.

Crosswind Community Church

41337 10th Street West (parking lot along the west side of 10th Street West, north of Avenue M-14)

10.

DDE Academy, Inc.

37716 55th Street East (Domenic Massari Park)

11.

Desert Pride, Inc.

37218 47th Street East (parking lot along the east side of 47th Street East, north of Avenue S)

12.

Eagle Vision Community Church

200 W. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot along south side of Palmdale Boulevard, northeast of Red Roof Inn)

13.

East Palmdale Foursquare Church

5038 W. Avenue N (parking lot along south side of Avenue N, north of Albertson’s)

14.

Green Thumb AV Youth Program

West of 5508 Pearblossom Highway

15.

Highland High School Instrumental Music

2535 E. Avenue S (parking lot on the north side of Avenue S, east of 25th Street East)

16.

Iglesia Emmanuel Antelope Valley

2419 E. Avenue S (parking along the west side of 25th Street East, north of Avenue S)

17.

Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley

East side 10th Street West (vacant lot along the east side 10th Street West, south of Birdies Driving Range and Cafe)

18.

Kiwanis Club of Palmdale

1803 E. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot north along Palmdale Boulevard)

19.

Littlerock High School Band Boosters

4644 E. Avenue S

20.

Living In Christ Faith Ministries

37950 47th Street East

21.

Love and Grace Christian Fellowship

South of Rancho Vista Boulevard, west side of Sierra Highway

22.

Marine Corps League

3005 E. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot on the north side of Palmdale Boulevard, east of 30th Street East)

23.

Nueva Vida En Cristo Antelope Valley

440 E. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot along the south side of Palmdale Boulevard, west of 5th Street East)

24.

Oasis Christian Church of the AV

856 W. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot along the south side of Palmdale Boulevard, east side of Tierra Subida Avenue)

25.

Palmdale Band Booster Club

2137 East Avenue R (Palmdale High School parking lot along Avenue R)

26.

Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

40130 10th Street West (parking lot along the east side of 10th Street West, south of Avenue O-4)

27.

Palmdale Elks Lodge #2027

37951 47th Street East (parking lot along the west side of 47th Street East, south of Avenue R)

28.

Palmdale High School Football Boosters

38310 20th Street East (Palmdale High School parking lot along 20th Street East)

29.

Palmdale High School Swim Boosters

1123 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard (Antelope Valley Mall ring road parking lot between Carl’s Jr. and Chili’s)

30.

Palmdale Lions Club

1215 E. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot along the north side of Palmdale Boulevard, east of 12th Street East)

31.

Palmdale Little League

38137 47th Street East (parking lot along the west side of 47th Street East adjacent to Burger King)

32.

Palmdale Pony League

Vacant lot along the north side of Rancho Vista Boulevard just west of 25th Street West in overflow parking lot of Marie Kerr Park)

33.

Palmdale Repertory Theatre

37140 47th Street East (parking lot along the south side of Avenue S, east of 47th Street East)

34.

Palmdale Youth Football

2534 E. Avenue S (parking lot along the south side of Avenue S, north of Del Taco)

35.

Quartz Hill High School Baseball Boosters

Vacant lot at the southeast corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue S

36.

Raise Praise Ministries

220 E. Palmdale Boulevard (parking lot along the south side of Palmdale Boulevard, west side of 3rd Street East)

37.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

4343 Pearblossom Highway

38.

St. Stephen’s of the Valley Lutheran Church

38727 Tierra Subida Avenue (parking lot along west side of 10th Street West approximately 285 feet south of Palmdale Boulevard)

39.

Temple of Deliverance Ministries

2520 E. Palmdale Boulevard

40.

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy

39940 10th Street West (parking lot along 10th Street West near Panda Express and Office Depot)

41.

Victory Outreach

37419 25th Street East (parking lot along the west side of 25th Street East, north of Avenue R-12)

42.

Westside Warriors, Inc.

39251 10th Street West

43.

Word of Life Outreach Ministries

5645 East Avenue T

 

 

 

 

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