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Fireworks prohibited due to high fire danger 

4th of julyIndividuals caught lighting or possessing fireworks are subject to citation and fines

–Due to drought conditions, high temperatures and predicted low humidity and the threat of fire, fireworks have been banned in the Paso Robles area. The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services is urging Paso Robles residents to observe a safe, legal and fire free holiday this 4th of July.

Fireworks are illegal in the City of Paso Robles and officials warn that individuals caught lighting or possessing even “safe and sane” fireworks in the city are subject to citation and fines. Safe and sane fireworks is a term for fireworks that do not have aerial effects or explode. Items include sparklers, snaps, smoke balls, fountains, snakes, and (in some cases) wheels. Items that are not classified as safe and sane include firecrackers, rockets, and cakes.

Misdemeanor violations are punishable by a fine. In addition, anyone found responsible for setting a fire using any type of fireworks will be responsible to pay for property damage, suppression costs and may be charged with a felony. This liability also applies to parents of juveniles found responsible for causing a fire. Statistics show that of reported injuries, the most common were from safe and sane fireworks including sparklers, which can cause third degree burns. However, in fires related to fireworks, illegal fireworks accounted for the greater percentage of property loss.

All fireworks (use, sale, possession) are illegal in San Luis Obispo County. There is zero tolerance for the sale and use of fireworks. Violation will result in a misdemeanor citation with a $2,000 fine.

The opportunity to observe firework displays in a safe manner will be available at some of the surrounding communities including at Paso Pops, a new annual patriotic-themed concert and Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2. To be held at the new Paso Robles Horse Park, The San Luis Obispo Symphony, paired with Youth Symphony members and led by Tulare County Symphony and Pasadena Symphony conductor Bruce Kiesling, will perform a 90-120 minute patriotic “Pops” program with a fireworks finale.

Public fireworks displays will also be held at:

  • Pismo Beach – Pier at dusk
  • Cayucos – Pier at dusk
  • Santa Maria – Santa Maria Fair Park at dusk


“Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed within the following jurisdictions:

  • San Miguel Community Services District
  • Templeton Community Services District
  • City of Arroyo Grande
  • City of Grover Beach
  • Oceano Community Services District
  • City of Morro Bay, (on private property)


The use of all fireworks is prohibited in all other areas of San Luis Obispo County. The public is encouraged to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services at (805) 227-7560.

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