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The County of Santa Cruz is reminding residents and visitors that fireworks are prohibited in most of Santa Cruz County, including on all beaches.

“Illegal fireworks can be a threat to public safety, spark wildfires and be harmful to the environment, vulnerable residents and pets,” the County stated.

Increased fines of up to $1,000 are in effect during the Fourth of July holiday. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing enforcement and patrols, particularly in coastal neighborhoods.

Fireworks of any kind are not allowed in unincorporated Santa Cruz County and are banned on all beaches. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on public beaches or in public outside of commercial establishments or residences.

“If you see what looks like a homemade explosive, stay back, call 911 and wait for law enforcement,” stated the County.

If a pet is disturbed by loud noises, exercise them before sunset and keep them indoors in a quiet, safe environment. Consult with a veterinarian about further ways to alleviate anxiety if the pet is seriously distressed by loud noises.

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