Fireworks Public Notice
Fireworks Ordinance

4th of July Safety Tips

The City of Folsom Fire Department is asking the public to take the following precautions when using fireworks during the 4th of July period:

  • Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” seal.
  • The use of fireworks for this celebration must be conducted under adult supervision at all times. 
  • Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing sites. 
  • Read all instructions before use. 
  • Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks – use only in the manner intended. 
  • Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush.

4th of July activities that require the closure of public streets and or use of public facilities may require the issuance of either a Special Event permit or Block Party permit prior to the event date.  Please contact the City of Folsom Community Development Department Permit Counter at 50 Natoma Street, or call 355-7214, for additional details regarding these permit requirements. For more information or assistance, contact the City of Folsom Fire Department at 916-461-6300 or

Illegal Fireworks

All fireworks other than those classified by the State Fire Marshall as "safe and sane" are classified as dangerous and are illegal to possess, use, sell or discharge in California. These fireworks will be seized and violators will be cited and fined. Examples of dangerous fireworks are firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and aerial shells or mortars.

Alteration or modification of safe and sane fireworks is a violation of State Fireworks Law and may be prosecuted as a felony under Penal Code Section 12301.

The minimum fine for use or possession of illegal fireworks in the City of Folsom is $1,000.

Firework Safety Tips

Safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  1. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.
  2. If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
  3. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  4. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby.  Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  5. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  6. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  7. Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, direction, and a warning label, do not light it.
  8. Supervise children around fireworks at all times.

Fireworks Facts & Statistics

The National Fire Protection Association collects data nationwide on the use of fireworks.