SANTA ANA – Fourth of July in Santa Ana has meant family fun with “safe and sane” fireworks. But there also have been high law enforcement costs associated with illegal fireworks.
With the holiday approaching, Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday approved a $1,000 fine for the use and possession of illegal fireworks – for the first as well as subsequent violations. City staff recommended a $250 fine for the first violation, but Councilman Roman Reyna amended the amount to $1,000 and it passed unanimously.
After the Council discussed a possible fireworks ban in April, staff determined a $1,354 administrative fee could cover the cost of Santa Ana Police Department’s enforcement and education efforts on July 4.