The deadly Ontario fireworks explosion that killed two people and caused over $3 million worth of property damages to homes has led to San Bernardino County Fire officials putting in place a firework reporting system that allows anonymous reporting on those who are in possession of illegal fireworks.
Under California’s Health and Safety Code, a of person who is in possession of illegal fireworks
will be charged with a misdemeanor and a possible one year jail sentence and/or a hefty fine that is determined by the weight of the fireworks.
A person who is in possession of fireworks that weigh 24 pounds or less
will be fine $500. A person who is in possession of illegal fireworks that weigh between 25 pounds to 4,999 pounds
will be fine up to $5,000. As for those who are “rich” enough to afford illegal fireworks weighing more than 5,000 pounds
, they’ll be charged a maximum fine of $50,000.
If, like in the case of the deadly Ontario firework explosion, a person is in possession of illegal fireworks that cause either property damage, bodily injury, and or death, then the person will also face other criminal penalties under the law
that will most likely include a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty
The good news is if a person is caught with illegal fireworks that haven’t done any damage to humans and or property, then the person will only have to spend one year in jail.
The bad news is that California will blow a hole in the person’s pockets who’s been caught with illegal fireworks.
And as y’all can see, anything from $50,000 on up will blow a crater like hole in a person’s pockets.
Therefore, if you’re either too poor or too middle class to afford
either a $50,000 fine or six-figure fine, then don’t go out there getting fireworks that write checks that your behind can’t cash.