For the first time in decades, “safe and sane” fireworks will be available for sale and use in Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster this Independence Day season.
Voters in Westminster last year approved the fireworks, overturning a long-standing ban.
In Garden Grove, police and fire officials are hoping to reverse this year a big increase in the use of illegal fireworks. According to Garden Grove Police Chief Kevin Raney, the city issued 44 misdemeanor violations las
t year (each carrying a $1000 fine), up from the teens in 2010 and 2009.
“Last year’s spike was unexpected,” he said.
On July 4, police and fire patrols in Garden Grove will focus on high-activity illegal fireworks areas including Katella Avenue between Euclid and Brookhurst streets; Dino Circle; Twin Lakes Park at Haster and Lampson avenues; Garden Grove Park and the Buena-Clinton area.
All parks will close by 5 p.m. on July 4, with tennis courts, basketball courts and softball field locked up by 5. Park sprinkler systems will be activated at 6 p.m.
Generally, any firework that moves along the ground or flies into the air is illegal. Garden Grove’s fireworks hotline is (714) 741-5270.