Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a wonderful part of the Independence Day tradition, but pose a serious threat to wildfire and danger to personal injury. With a year round fire season, the fire risk to our community is substantial and cannot be ignored.

It is illegal to possess, store, sell, use, or handle fireworks in the City of Ventura. 

  • Firework disturbances that are in-progress or pose an immediate threat should be reported by calling 9-1-1. Be prepared to provide detailed information about the location and suspect.
  • If there is no immediate threat, and an accurate location can still be provided, please report illegal firework activity by calling our 24/7 non-emergency number at 805-650-8010.

Anyone found in possession of fireworks, or caught using them, could be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a jail term of up to a year.

Additionally, in 2018, the Ventura City Council adopted a Fireworks Social Host Ordinance. Under this ordinance, any homeowner, renter, or person in charge of a residence or other private property who knows or should know of the sale, use, and/or possession of any fireworks on private property are subject to a civil penalty levied by the City of Ventura. The ordinance pertains to any person who hosts, organizes, supervises, officiates, conducts, or accepts responsibility for a gathering on private property.

Safe alternatives:

  • The City’s Fourth of July Street Fair and Pushem-Pullem Parade returns on July 4 with events happening in Downtown Ventura from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • The Ventura Rotary Club will host a fireworks show on July 4 at 9:00 p.m. Visit their website.

Social Host Ordinance