Fireworks Vendors Can Apply By Lottery

The city council sets the rules and rates for fireworks vendors.

Fullerton nonprofit organizations who want to raise funds by selling fireworks at one of 15 stands can apply for a lottery starting March 4.

The guidelines also open up limited sales of fireworks within the city by 15 non-profit organizations ranging from churches to public schools. Fireworks booths in the city can sell “safe and sane” fireworks starting July 1. Hours of operation at standards are from noon until 10 p.m. on July 1-3 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4.

Organizations wishing to sell fireworks in the city will have to apply for a lottery by March 31 and the 15 non-profits will be in an April drawing.

Last week, Fullerton’s City Council unanimously approved guidelines for the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks during the Independence Day holiday.

Residents can light fireworks on Independence Day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. in areas that are not designated as Very High or High Fire Hazard Severity Zones

Voters passed Measure X, which allows the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks in the city, in November with more than 53 percent of the vote.

Council Member Jan Flory suggested that for each firework sale, customers are provided a map of the city that limits which areas they can and cannot set them off.

“I raise that issue because we have a huge watershed area here associated with the Brea Dam,” said Flory, who lives close to the Dam and notes that the area is a “huge fire hazard.”

Other council members, including Jennifer Fitzgerald, agreed with Flory. Fitzgerald went so far to suggest that vendors must provide maps of fire hazard areas as a condition of getting a booth.

Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe said that the maps are currently available on the city website and is updated when the state deems it necessary.

Nonprofits interested in selling fireworks for the Independence Day holiday can contact the City Clerk’s office at (714) 738-6350.

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