Published on March 15, 2023
At their Tuesday evening meeting, Lakewood City Council Members discussed a staff report on the city’s 2023 plan for combating the use of illegal fireworks in Lakewood.
The problem of illegal fireworks use has grown significantly in recent years throughout California and the nation, and unfortunately Lakewood is not immune from the issue.
“It doesn’t matter whether a community allows or disallows ‘safe-and-sane’ fireworks. The problem of illegal fireworks is the same in both types of communities,” said Lakewood Public Safety Director Josh Yordt. “But, despite the challenges, Lakewood is known throughout Southern California as a city that does everything it can to deter and reduce the use of illegal fireworks. And Lakewood has been consulted by other communities for tips and advice on steps to take.”
“We can’t promise to eliminate the use of illegal fireworks in Lakewood,” said City Manager Thaddeus McCormack, “but we can promise to do everything possible to combat and reduce their use. Last year, we saw a 33% decline in reports of illegal fireworks use. We want to build on that trend this year. We’re going to do all that we can…and we hope that our residents will help us out too…so that we can all have a safe, sane…and peaceful holiday.”