Pacifica cracks down on illegal fireworks

Police announced Wednesday they will take a zero tolerance approach towards people possessing illegal fireworks.

Anyone possessing illegal fireworks is subject to arrest and a fine of $1,000, according to police.

The announcement comes as a reminder, ahead of the 4th of July holiday, that it is illegal to possess any firework within Pacifica city limits that is not approved by the California State Fire Marshall as “safe and sane,” according to police.

During the upcoming holiday, many citizens frequent the beach areas of Pacifica. Police want to remind citizens and party-goers that the only beach area permitted for safe and sane fireworks is the area immediately west of the north parking lot of Linda Mar Beach to approximately 10 feet east of the tideline and immediately north of the Taco Bell restaurant to the prolongation of the north end of the north Linda Mar Beach parking lot, police said.

“Safe and sane” fireworks will be allowed in the south Linda Mar Beach parking lot and the south Rockaway Beach parking lot as alternative sites, police said.

Residents may enjoy the beaches for recreational activities and then use the parking lot to display legal fireworks, according to police.

Motor vehicles will not be allowed in the south Linda Mar Beach parking lot or the south Rockaway Beach parking lot on the 4th of July in order to accommodate the area for use of legal fireworks.

“Safe and sane” fireworks are banned from Rockaway Beach, Sharp Park Beach and the beach in the area of Manor Drive and Esplanade Avenue, police said.