Fireworks ARE ILLEGAL  

in Big Bear Valley  


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Located in Big Bear Lake, California in the San Bernardino Mountains, 

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asks that everyone be alert and aware of the importance of a state legal law and especially everywhere in our mountain community, to have in your possession or ignite fireworks.   


Fireworks can be beautiful, but they can be unpredictable and deadly. Numerous fires have resulted from the use of personal fireworks, not to mention causing severe injuries to the users.

Personal fireworks are illegal throughout Big Bear Valley, including “safe and sane” fireworks. In addition, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.

If you see something, say something and call 9-1-1 


See Something Say Something


Chief Marshal Mike Maltby states, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear Valley are the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over Big Bear Lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.”


The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake provides our Residents and Valley Visitors with world-class fireworks on the evening of July 4th, visible from many vantage points. Sit back and enjoy the show. 


SEE this website:   July 4th in Big Bear Lake

The Big Bear Fire Department encourages the community to be safe and sane this holiday, and if someone is seen using personal fireworks, call 9-1-1 immediately. 


For additional information, please contact Big Bear Fire Department at or (909) 866-7566. 


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Big Bear Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers Agreement in 2012 combining Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear City Fire Department, now commonly known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its inception, the Big Bear Fire Department is committed to providing Big Bear Valley with professional fire, medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives and Property,” with timely response to fire and medical emergencies.  

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