A firefighter lights a sparkler, one of the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks that does not explode or fly. He puts it next to clothing. It's not long before the 12 hundred degrees Fahrenheit sparkler lights up a set of clothes. The shirt and shorts goes up in flames.
"Safe and sane is not safe" says LA County Fire Chief Deputy Mark Bennett, adding that 90 % of firework injuries come from safe and sane fireworks. With 4th of July around the corner, fire departments are holding their annual demonstrations, to emphasize that fireworks are not safe.
"We don't allow any fireworks, even safe and sane, in Riverside County", explains CAL Fire Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins. "We are on the third year of a draught and not taking any chances".
Safe and sane fireworks are sold in some cities, like La Puente, in L.A. County. But , it is illegal to take them, or use them on cities were they are not legal, like Los Angeles. Safe and sane are those fireworks that don't explode or fly, that have an official seal marking them as such.
Sheriff officials from both L.A. And Riverside counties suggest that people enjoy the many approved firework shows all over Southern California.
"But even there" add LA County Sheriff officials, "keep an eye out". There have been cases of accidents in shows, although they are very rare.