Los Angeles officials collected nearly 700 pounds of fireworks as part of a buyback program Saturday at Brand Park in Mission Hills.
The event, hosted by City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez for the second year in a row, was held in response to community concerns about the outbreak of fires amid a severe drought and historically dry conditions. She said the buyback raised about a third more illegal fireworks than last year’s event, which saw officials raise £514.
“I really appreciate the community members who have volunteered to participate in this buyback effort to remove hazardous fireworks from our communities,” Rodriguez said in a statement, adding that the increase in restoration shows promise for a larger citywide effort.
“I look forward to expanding next year to bring peace back to neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.”
Drought conditions can cause fires to spread quickly, particularly in “high” fire severity zones like the northeast San Fernando Valley, and fireworks only increase the threat, the city councilwoman’s office said.
They can also be distressing for people with autism or other sensory problems, as well as those with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pets can also be affected by the bangs and flashes.
A total of 75 people stopped by the park Saturday to drop off illegal fireworks, including missiles, missiles, M-80s and M-1000s, officials said. Depending on the weight of the fireworks submitted, attendees received Dodger tickets, fuel cards, or gift cards to Starbucks or Target.
The Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department were on scene to accept the fireworks and ensure they were properly handled.
Last month, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer warned residents against using illegal firecrackers ahead of the holiday and said his office would crack down. He said his office has issued cease and desist letters to online platforms like Facebook and Craigslist that promote fireworks sales in Los Angeles.
Fireworks are illegal in the city of Los Angeles, and selling, possessing, using, or setting off fireworks is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in prison, according to prosecutors.
Last year, a south Los Angeles block was blown up in a failed fireworks detonation by the LAPD’s bomb squad.
In recent weeks, several cities in the region have canceled their fireworks shows after state authorities raided the offices of the company contracted to supply the pyrotechnics.
However, numerous other Los Angeles County locations host their own fireworks displays.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-02/nearly-half-a-ton-of-fireworks-collected-at-mission-hills-buyback Nearly 700 pounds of fireworks collected in Mission Hills