• Matt Esnayra

LB City Council asks City Attorney about raising fines for firework violations.

The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to ask the city attorney to come up with options about a possible increase in fines for individuals who are caught storing, transporting, or deploying illegal fireworks within the city limits.

Why it matters:

According to the city, over the July 4th holiday, there were 779 fireworks-related calls to the City's Dispatch Center, a 67% increase when compared to an average day and Long Beach, like other municipalities across America, have been dealing with a rise in fireworks complaints, some of which sparked conspiracy theories.

  • The city prosecutor’s office created a public portal to accept fireworks complaints, which allows residents to upload video, per LB Post.

  • The Long Beach Dispatch Center handled 3,854 calls (9-1-1 and the non-emergency line), which resulted in 1,301 calls for service during the 24-hour period starting at midnight, July 4.

What they're saying:

  • Long Beach City Council Member Suzie Price said " every year on July the fifth, I get tons of emails from people saying they've lived here their whole life. And that this year was the worst. I get it every year, but this year literally was worse".

  • Councilmember Price even suggests that homeowners should "have some financial liability, I think that's to make an impact".

  • Long Beach City Council Member Stacy Mungo said "what would be ideal is if we could really target your multi-time offenders, there are a very small group of individuals who are lighting off fireworks on a continual basis".

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