New Fireworks Rules in Effect for 2011
Dozens more non-profit organizations will be allowed to sell Safe and Sane fireworks under new rules adopted by the City of Fresno. Applications for fireworks booth permits are now available and must be submitted through approved fireworks vendors by February 16.
To qualify for a permit in the City of Fresno, North Central Fire Protection District (NCFPD) or the Fig Garden Fire Protection District (FGFPD), organizations are required to meet qualifications established by the Fresno Fire Department. Up to 65 new non-profit organizations will be permitted to sell fireworks for fundraising purposes under the new rules. Organizations will be chosen via lottery drawing and will receive a two year permit. Additional information is available online at www.fresno.gov/fireworks.
In addition, use of Safe and Sane fireworks within the City of Fresno is now allowed any day of the year between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. From June 28 through July 6 the hours are extended from 7:00 a.m. to midnight to allow for Independence Day celebrations. Fireworks are prohibited at all times in the areas of the San Joaquin River between Hwy 41 and 99 because of increased fire danger.
Illegal or unwanted fireworks can be dropped off at any time at any City of Fresno fire stations with no questions asked. Use of illegal fireworks is subject to fines up to $1,000.00.