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ZERO Tolerance Enforcement for Fireworks in Pasadena

ZERO Tolerance Enforcement for Fireworks in Pasadena


PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying Phos-Chek, a wild land fire retardant, at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 1 in the brush areas surrounding the Rose Bowl in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. 

This clear retardant helps keep trees and grassland from burning.  Its main ingredients are phosphates and fertilizers, which can help revegetate areas after a fire is out.  Fire retardant is one of the main tools firefighters use as a preventive measure and to contain growing fires in untreated areas.   

The Pasadena Fire Department is taking this proactive approach in an effort to mitigate potential hazards during the Fourth of July weekend, as well as into the summer season.  Fire apparatus will spend the day coating the area. 

For further information please call the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276. 

The Pasadena Fire and Police departments also wish to remind the public it is illegal to sell, use or possess fireworks in Pasadena.  The City maintains a year-round Zero Tolerance Policy for fireworks. Violators are subject to arrest; impound of vehicles; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. 

In addition to stadium checkpoints, multiple units of a Fireworks Task Force will patrol Pasadena’s streets to confiscate fireworks and take appropriate enforcement action.  Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded. 

Consider celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with family and friends by attending the 88th annual “Americafest,” one of the best family friendly, professional fireworks shows in Southern California at the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium.  Go to www.rosebowlstadium.com for event and ticket information. 

Americafest 2014 

Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl Stadium to seize all fireworks and arrest offenders. 

If You See Something, Say Something!  Call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities. 

Pasadena’s Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez ask everyone to make safety their top priority this year while responsibly celebrating our Great Nation’s Birthday due to extreme drought conditions and the long holiday weekend.  The City offers the following safety reminders: 

  • Pasadena has a “NO Fireworks, Zero Tolerance Policy” for enforcement. 
  • Celebrate responsibility, always designate a driver. 
  • If outdoors in the sun, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and stay hydrated. 
  • Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use. 
  • Call 911 for all life-threatening emergencies. 
  • Call (626) 744-4241 for all other public safety needs.  Speak calmly and give accurate information about your location and the reason for calling. 
  • Visit www.CityofPasadena.net/Disaster for emergency preparedness information and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications. 

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena!  Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena.  Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2014  #054-14 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Dept. PIO, (626) 744-7276, lderderian@cityofpasadena.net, or William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net 

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Posted: 7/3/2014 08:00:00 AM
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