LA officials crack down on online sales of fireworks


The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has sent cease and desist orders to online marketplaces in an attempt to crack down on illegal sales of fireworks by July 4. officials announced on Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, the city’s attorney general’s office, Mike Feuer, has asked online platforms to remove advertisements of fireworks for sale in the city.

He said Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp and 5Miles have agreed to remove the posts.

Additionally, OfferUp said it has added staff and taken steps to ensure future posts are excluded.

“Facebook Marketplace has also said it is working to find ways to better identify and remove similar ads in the future,” officials said.

Under the LA city code, using, selling, possessing, or unloading fireworks in Los Angeles is considered an offense, and selling them in online marketplaces is often a violation of the platform’s own policies prohibiting the sale. of fireworks.

“It’s illegal to sell or own fireworks in LA for good reason,” Feuer said during a press conference Tuesday. “Fireworks pose a very real risk of injury, and our fire danger is extremely high given the ongoing drought.”

He added that the loud, sudden sounds of fireworks can be “triggering” for veterans and survivors of gun violence, and can frighten children with special needs as well as pets.

Loud noises can cause dogs and cats to escape their homes and yards in search of safety. According to Los Angeles Animal Services, pets go missing on July 4 weekend more often than at any other time of year.

Animal Services offers the following tips for pet owners:

  • Make sure your pet has an up-to-date ID
  • Keep your pets indoors and in a closed room if possible.
  • If you allow your pet out, make sure they are on a leash or that your driveway fence is secure
  • If you are having guests to celebrate, create a safe space for your pet with their favorite blanket and toys, and keep the area as quiet as possible by closing windows and doors.
  • Search for your pet immediately if it goes missing.

The Los Angeles Police Department will accept fireworks without penalty. Residents should call 877-ASK-LAPD for advice on how to make them safe. Fireworks in your neighborhood can be reported online here.

“Angelenos should leave the fireworks to the pros, and with the easing of pandemic restrictions, there will be many spectacular July 4th events in Southern California,” Feuer said.


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