Fireworks Are Illegal in the City of Riverside

Published: 06/28/2022


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Anyone found using illegal fireworks is subject to a fine.

With the July 4th holiday fast approaching, the City of Riverside is reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal within the city limits, and anyone found using illegal fireworks is subject to a $1,000 fine.

Riverside has been working for several years to reduce the usage of fireworks in the city. Fireworks cause injuries in adults and children, spark fires that can endanger firefighters and the public, create stress for veterans with PTSD, and terrify many animals. Just last year, the City of Riverside confiscated 807 pounds of fireworks, wrote 31 citations for fireworks, and received nearly 762 fireworks-related calls or service requests.

The City continually promotes an anti-fireworks message in hopes that residents will refrain from purchasing fireworks when they become available in neighboring counties shortly before the holiday. Websites, billboards, electronic parking meters all display the “Fireworks Are Illegal” message, and city officials are monitoring websites for fireworks being offered for sale.

City officials have sent warning letters to people who have received citations and to addresses that were identified as fireworks sites by people who called the City’s 311 line. Calls to 311 regarding specific addresses where fireworks are being used can be made anonymously.

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Non-Emergency Phone Numbers:

  • Riverside Police Department: 951-354-2007
  • Call Center: 951-826-5311

Emergency Phone Number:
  • Imminent Threats to Life or Property: 911