July 4th Is Here! But No Fireworks For You

Fireworks on display at a TNT Fireworks stand in Inglewood, California on July 3, 2017. (Photo: Darryl Barker/KPCC)

It's that time of year again when we gently remind you that fireworks are illegal in the city of Los Angeles and all unincorporated areas of L.A. County. That means you can't sell them, buy them, own them, transport them, or use them.

But all hope is not lost for those looking to get lit this 4th of July. Some areas do allow "safe and sane" fireworks. Translation: the ones that don't fly or explode (like sparklers, for example). They're labeled as "safe and sane" on the packaging — you won't have to make a judgement call on that.

For the love of your fingers and eyeballs, please remember that common sense is king this holiday. Personal fireworks can hurt you, other people and oh my think of the animals. The message from local officials is to go to a pro show instead. They really want you to know this. And they've made a number of awkward videos to prove it: