Press Conference Scheduled for June 17 in Riverside Regarding Efforts to Reduce Usage of Illegal Fireworks

Fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside; free fireworks shows are available at two locations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The City of Riverside will hold a press conference on Monday, June 17, to discuss efforts underway to reduce the usage of fireworks in the city in advance of the July 4th holiday.

Who: Mayor Rusty Bailey, City Councilmember Jim Perry, Fire Captain Brian Guzzetta, and Police Chief Sergio Diaz will make comments and be available to answer questions.

What: All fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside. Riverside officials are encouraging residents and visitors to refrain from using fireworks and instead go to one of two free, family-friendly fireworks shows on July 4th.

When: 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2019. A live stream of the press conference will be available at

Where: Breezeway outside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, Riverside.

Why: Fireworks can start fires, injure children and adults, create stress for veterans with PTSD, scare and injure pets, and put in danger first responders who respond to fires and other incidents that can be caused by fireworks.

How: People who use fireworks are subject to a fine of at least $1,000. People can be eligible for a $1,000 reward if they provide information leading to the identification and apprehension of any person whose use of illegal fireworks results in the injury or death of a person or destruction of property.

Phil Pitchford
City of Riverside
Public Information Officer
Main: 951-826-5553
Direct: 951-826-5975
Cell: 951-675-6806

Kaitlin Bilhartz
City of Riverside
Office of the City Manager, Office of Communications
Main: (951) 826-5608
Cell: (951) 235-2683


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