There are three primary classifications of fireworks: Safe and Sane fireworks, public display shows and illegal fireworks.
Safe and Sane Fireworks
California State Fire Marshal approved Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed to be sold and used in the City of Visalia. Take a Fireworks Safety Test! Check here to check your answers.
The City currently permits 29 fireworks booths that are run by non-profit organizations meeting specific guidelines outlined in the Fireworks Ordinance. There is a waiting list for available booths. These booths are obtained with additional population (one stand for every 5,000 people as per the Census Bureau) or if an organization gives up their stand. Complete the Fireworks Waiting List Application to apply to be placed on the priority waiting list to sell fireworks.
Firework Vendor Information
Please complete the 2012 Firework Application . One packet needs to be filled out for each non profit. Only completed packets will be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact the Visalia Fire Prevention Division, 559-713-4266.
Public Display Shows
All fireworks public display shows are regulated under a permit issued by the Fire Chief. All regulations, as outlined in Title 19, are strictly enforced. Public fireworks display shows are inspected by qualified fire inspectors to ensure public safety and are shot by trained & licensed technicians.
Any firework that flies in the air, darts across the ground or explodes is considered illegal in California. If it doesn't have the California State Fire Marshal seal on the packaging, it's illegal. The Fire Department utilizes fire investigators to enforce fireworks laws. This includes firecrackers and bottle rockets, both of which have started fires every year. You will be held responsible for any damage you may do related to the use of illegal fireworks.
California State Fire Marshal's Fireworks Handbook