There’s an easy way to make sure the fireworks you have are legal. If you buy them within the city limits of Bakersfield, you can use them within the city limits.
“To put it plainly, if it explodes, spins, flies, or otherwise leaves the ground, it is illegal in the city of Bakersfield,” said John Frando, the Bakersfield Fire Department fire battalion.
The only fireworks legal in the city are those with the fire marshal seal and the label “safe and sane.”
Piccolo Petes and Ground Bloom Flowers both have the “safe and sane” sticker and are legal in some unincorporated parts of Kern County–but they are not legal in Bakersfield.
“The problem that we have with illegal fireworks is that you just can’t predict what they’re going to do. Often times they start roof fires, vegetation fires, tree fires, things like that,” Frando said.
This year, there will be 38 enforcement teams and a drone patrolling for illegal fireworks on the 3rd and 4th. BFD says there’s a $1,000 fine for using illegal fireworks–or even hosting a party with them.
If you have illegal fireworks, BFD has dropoffs at every city fire station–no paperwork involved and no questions asked. Frando recommends using fireworks on a flat level ground, away from anything combustible. Have a bucket of water nearby in case, and always dip used fireworks into the water before throwing them away.
To report illegal fireworks, the BFD has a hotline open on the 3rd and 4th from 7 p.m. to midnight: 868-6070. Outside of those times, call 911.