Big Bear Lake, CA, July 4, 2013 – With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Possession of any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law throughout the Big Bear Valley. Property owners may even be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.

The National Fire Protection Association warns that on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. Fireworks also cause fatalities, blindness, and maiming injuries to children and adults every year. In the event a fire occurs due to the use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.

Luckily, there is no reason to risk fines and injuries; watch the skies over Big Bear on July 4th for one of the best displays in the region, and tune in to 93.3 FM for synchronized music.