This past week we saw a deadly explosion caused by fireworks in Ontario, California, prompting evacuations of the immediate area, causing two deaths, shattering nearby windows, sending a large plume of smoke into the air, and spreading debris across 80 houses. This is a vivid example of how fireworks continue to pose a threat to our communities, causing injury and distress to people and their animals, and exacerbates the residual environmental impacts of air pollution. Thanks go out to community members that worked with CD 7 team to build awareness in advance of July 4th; legislation was introduced this week calling for a comprehensive plan to address illegal fireworks.
The motion made by City Council Member, Monica Rodriguez, representing the 7th City Council District, directs City Departments to:
- Create a fireworks buyback program
- Create a reward program to encourage individuals to report major suppliers of illegal fireworks
- Expand the current seasonal online portal via the LAPD website
- Report with data on the number of dead and recovered animals during periods of increased fireworks usage.
We must proactively shift the culture of fireworks use. This effort will pursue those illegally distributing in order to protect our communities from enduring trauma and injuries associated with fireworks and improve the quality of life for residents and their beloved pets.
On Wednesday 4/07 at 3:30pm, the LA City Council Public Safety Committee
is potentially going to discuss Councilmember Rodriguez illegal fireworks mitigation bill.
It now has a Council File number so the Neighborhood Councils can weigh in with a CIS,
Community Impact Statement, at any time,
following agendizing and discussion / vote. CF 21-0318
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
ROOM 1010, CITY HALL – 3:30 PM
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Agenda number (12)
Motion ( Rodriguez – Koretz) relative to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department examining the feasibility of implementing new programs to curtail fireworks usage, including the creation of a reward program to encourage individuals to report major suppliers of illegal fireworks in the City, and a fireworks buyback program based on the City’s Gun Buyback Program.
Fiscal Impact Statement: No
Community Impact Statement: None submitted.