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Encinitas, CA – The Encinitas Fire Department is reminding residents and visitors that the safest way to enjoy fireworks this July 4th is by attending a professional, public display. Fireworks, including “safe and sane” brands, are both dangerous and illegal.  In the City of Encinitas, use or possession of fireworks is a misdemeanor and subject to a fine or imprisonment. 

Sky lanterns also present serious fire and safety hazards. Sky lanterns are airborne paper lanterns with a fuel source that are known to travel significant distances and start fires far from where they were launched.

In the City of Encinitas, all fireworks including sky lanterns, sparklers and poppers are illegal and DANGEROUS. On behalf of the men and women firefighters serving the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach, please enjoy a public professional display of fireworks and have a safe and happy 4th of July.      




Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 63,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.