Monthly Message from City Manager Ken Striplin

The spectacular sights and sounds of fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July. This year, leave the fireworks to the pros and witness the city’s incredible spectacle as it lights up the skies of downtown Westfield Valencia. As a reminder, all fireworks are illegal in Santa Clarita. Not only could they cause serious burns and injuries, but a single spark could also send the dry brush on our hillsides aflame, causing a devastating and destructive brush fire. Santa Clarita is no stranger to wildfires, and with the severe drought we are facing, the risk is even higher. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, fireworks cause thousands of injuries and start more than 1,600 fires each year. In Santa Clarita, fireworks are a violation of the Santa Clarita Municipal Code, the Health and Safety Code, and the Los Angeles County Fire Code. If you see someone setting off fireworks, you can report it anonymously by calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 260-4000. Residents can also report illegal fireworks using the city’s online Resident Service Center. Entering information into the Resident Service Center will NOT result in an immediate response from the Sheriff’s Department. Instead, this information will be used for future law enforcement action and document use throughout the city. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to win $500 for reporting illegal fireworks use to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department. To learn more about the program, visit santa-clarita.com/Fireworks. Please do not dial 9-1-1 to report illegal fireworks unless it is a life-threatening emergency. By being responsible and respectful of others, we can ensure that all of our friends and neighbors enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July.