Fire department advises residents of changes to fireworks code

On May 18, the Susanville City Council adopted Ordinance No. 22-1034 amending and adding various sections to Chapter 8.48 of the Susanville Municipal Code relating to Fireworks.

This update to the Susanville Municipal Code includes definitions, inclusion of CCR Title 19 Fireworks Law, re-organization of the section, and provides social host liability for illegal fireworks. This will allow the fire department, law enforcement, and code enforcement personnel to hold the owner or person in charge of real property or conducting an illegal fireworks event responsible for any response costs associated with the presence of emergency personnel, the discharge of illegal fireworks on private property and any aiding and abetting the discharge of illegal fireworks on an adjacent public right of way.

This ordinance is not meant to place a burden on property owners but is intended to mitigate and reduce the negative impact of illegal fireworks on our community. We highly encourage all members of the community to read the updated code in its entirety. It can be found at (Ordinance No. 22-1034 – Municipal Code 8.48- Sale and Use of Fireworks).

Call the Susanville Fire Department at 257-5152 if you have any questions.