Lakeport Police issue public safety information for Independence Day celebration

LAKEPORT, Calif. — As the Fourth of July approaches, the Lakeport Police Department would like to provide citizens with important information for those who wish to attend the event.

As in the previous years, the city of Lakeport is allowing the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks within the incorporated area of Lakeport.

Any person who wishes to purchase and use safe and sane fireworks are required to adhere to the following dates, times and locations for discharge of safe and sane fireworks.

Dates and hours of discharge are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 to 3, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.

All safe and sane fireworks are permitted on any street within the incorporated area of Lakeport from July 1 through the 4, which does not violate section 5.30.180B, which states: “It is unlawful for any person to ignite, discharge, project or otherwise fire or use any safe and sane firework, or permit the ignition, discharge or projection upon or over or onto another’s property without his/her permission or within 10 feet of any residence, dwelling or other structure used as a place of habitation by human beings.”

Discharge of safe and sane fireworks will be permitted on Fourth Street during the July 4 event. The location will be cordoned off by barrier tape and will be in the 50 block of Fourth Street. Safe and sane fireworks are not allowed along the lakefront or parklands between 9th Street and First Street.

Citizens should use extreme caution when discharging safe and sane fireworks as the city is experiencing high temperatures and fire danger is a concern.

Alcohol will be permitted by persons in the parklands during the July 4 event between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The event has been issued a “special permit” for alcohol consumption with certain restrictions which are listed below.

These restrictions are in place as a precautionary measure to protect public safety, damage to city property or private property and to protect any and all persons in attendance.

Failure to abide by these conditions may result in criminal actions, the immediate suspension of the alcohol permit and possible forfeiture of future permits.

Alcohol restrictions:

• No kegs or other large alcohol storage/dispensing containers.
• No glass containers.
• No sales of alcohol will be allowed (except for the Main St. Association Beer Booth on Park Street).
• Public Intoxication is prohibited.

Noise restrictions:

No amplified music outside of the facility or event location.

Park rules:

Park lands will be closed between midnight and 6 a.m. Obey all posted rules and regulations.

Annually, the July 4 event draws a large crowd of people to the parklands thus, causing safety concerns.

The Lakeport Police Department has set up a public information cellular telephone text alert function through NIXLE to provide public safety alerts, other important information, such as lost children, safety concerns, street closures or location information for the safe and sane discharge area to members of the public who are attending the activities during the event.

In order to receive these important public information text messages, members of the public can opt-in by texting the word fireworks to 888777.

Reminder: Law enforcement does not have the authority to permit the use of fireworks on any private property such as, Safeway parking lot, old Kmart parking lot, Nylander Center parking lot, Shoreline Center parking lot and Vista Point parking lot.

The use and possession of safe and sane fireworks is only permitted within the incorporated city limits of Lakeport.

Illegal fireworks of any kind will not be tolerated and persons will be subject for citation and arrest.

The Lakeport Police Department and city of Lakeport will also have a command post set up at City Hall Chambers during the event for those who wish to stop by or have questions.