In 2011, the Dixon City Council voted to approve the sale, possession, and usage of "safe and sane" fireworks within the Dixon city limits. This is an exciting time for the community, as fireworks have not been allowed in Dixon in several years. The use of fireworks is also a concerning time for the Dixon Fire Department. There is cited evidence that fireworks, while of an approved type and used correctly, still are responsible for numerous fires and injuries each year. These incidents have cost millions of dollars in property damage, physical injury, and emotional trauma over the years. While each incident is unfortunate, a great deal of the fires and injuries are preventable by recognizing and implementing good safety practices. This page will provide information and links to better prepare you for the upcoming Independence Day celebration, and will hopefully allow you to enjoy the 4th of July safely and sanely.
Dixon City Code Section 12.18.12.C: "POSSESSION OF SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS SHALL BE LAWFUL DURING THE PERIOD OF 12 NOON ON THE 28TH OF JUNE THROUGH 12 NOON ON THE 6TH OF JULY OF THE SAME CALENDAR YEAR" "RETAIL SALE OF SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS IS PERMITTED BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 10 P.M. ON THE 28TH OF JUNE OF EACH YEAR AND FROM 9 A.M. THROUGH 10 P.M. ON JUNE 29TH THROUGH THE 4TH OF JULY OF THE SAME CALENDAR YEAR, BY THOSE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS POSSESSING A FIREWORKS SALES PERMIT."
188.8.131.52.b "It shall be unlawful to discharge fireworks of any type on City property, including but not limited to parks, recreation areas or parking lots. Discharge on a City street in a residential zone is permitted so long as it does not impede traffic, except that discharge shall not be permitted on the following streets: North First Street, South First Street/State Route 113, East A Street and West A Street."
- Look for the seal of the California State Fire Marshal and the words, "Safe. . . Sane," on each piece of fireworks, as well as on the packaging. This means that they have been listed as safe for use (in accordance with all manufacturer’s instructions) in the State of California where local laws permit their sale and use.
- Fireworks that explode, shoot through the air, move along the ground, including skyrockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers of all types, Roman candles, etc., have always been illegal in California. Penalties for those caught storing, selling, or using these types of fireworks can include a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail.
- Many illegal fireworks have wording such as "D.O.T. approved," etc. Don’t be misled by these phrases; they do NOT make such fireworks legal in California. If the seal of the State Fire Marshal and the words, "Safe. . .Sane," do not appear on fireworks, they should not be used.