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With a heat wave on the horizon, public safety officials along the Central Coast are reminding residents and visitors celebrating Independence Day that all fireworks are completely illegal to use or even possess. Except where they are legal.

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Jul 4, 2017

Looking for some Fourth of July pyrotechnics? Once the sun goes down Tuesday evening, municipal firework shows will kick off in the following Central Coast locales: Santa Barbara, Solvang, Lompoc, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Cambria.

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Our intense drought has Central Coast fire protection agencies boosting their efforts to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks.

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Fireworks sales started this weekend and 'safe and sane' registered fireworks are allowed in some places on the Central Coast.

However, because of the ongoing drought even those fireworks considered 'safe and sane' are a concern for fire crews. 

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The number of Central Coast locations where you can see live fireworks displays this Fourth of July holiday is dwindling. Cambria is the latest location to opt out. 

Tom Wilmer

    

Plans for this year's Fourth of July fireworks display in Morro Bay are now canceled. 

Flickr member David Mertl

The Lompoc Police Department has issued its first illegal fireworks citation of the season which carries a $1500 fine.

The city has a zero tolerance policy and is using addition police and firefighters to enforce it.

Illegal fireworks include all launched, exploding, and otherwise ignited fireworks that do not meet the "safe and sane" definition.

Permitted "safe and sane" fireworks can be used within the city only on the 4th of July and only until 10:00 p.m.

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Safe and Sane Fireworks will be sold again this year within the City of Lompoc for the Fourth of July holiday, following a vote last night by the city council.

An emergency ordinance to ban their sale through the end of 2014 was placed on the agenda over concerns for an extremely dangerous fire season.

The vote failed three to two.

Lompoc legalized Safe and Sane fireworks last year. A portion of the proceed help pay for enforcement of illegal fireworks.

Sales also help pay for the city's official fireworks display, which is held this year on July 5.

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The City of Lompoc is considering reinstating its ban on "Safe and Sane" fireworks following last week's Miguelito Fire. Council members will take up the issue at the next scheduled meeting on June 3.

The long-standing ban on fireworks was lifted last year during the lead-up to the Fourth of July holiday.

Council member DeWayne Holmdahl says he voted against allowing fireworks last year, and will vote the same way at the next meeting, should it come up for a vote.