PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

2/4/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 20422
Subject:
Celebrate Super Bowl Weekend Without Penalties
City Offers Tips to Enjoy the Big Game Safely
Contact:
Office of Public Affairs and Communications
562.570.6397
LongBeachMedia@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA – With Super Bowl LVI coming to the Los Angeles area on Sunday, Feb. 13, and a home team playing for the championship title, the City of Long Beach is encouraging everyone to enjoy the big game responsibly by providing the following safety recommendations.  

Fireworks and Other Illegal Activity 
Regardless of the game’s outcome, post-game celebrations and activity should remain safelawful and fireworks-freeNot only are all personal fireworks, including those labeled “Safe and Sane,” prohibited in Long Beach, but they are also a hazard for people and nearby structures and can result in serious fines.  

Amateur fireworks, including sparklers, cause tens of millions of dollars annually in property damage and result in many injuries, the majority of which are suffered by children. Fireworks also pose a serious health risk for veterans, people experiencing post-traumatic stress and pets. Fireworks set off in residential neighborhoods, especially those that are loud and unexpected, can trigger flashbacks for veterans and gun violence survivors experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. The noise also creates panic for many animals, and shelters fill with runaway pets every year. 

The City’s enhanced fireworks ordinance increases the scope of liability and associated penalties, ranging upwards of $20,000 in response costs and administrative penalties. Anyone criminally cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both. 

Reporting illegal firework activity by community members, including fireworks usage and sales, can contribute to the City’s enforcement efforts. There are a few ways to report: 

  • Submit a fireworks complaint to the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office through the Go Long Beach app, which allows users to upload images, geotag, and write in additional details on the activity. Go Long Beach can be downloaded from the City’s App webpage for both Android and Apple devices. 
  • Call the non-emergency number at the Communications Center at 562.435.6711 to report fireworks usage and/or sales. For emergencies, always dial 9-1-1. 
  • Email the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) patrol division where the firework activity is occurring and provide addresses, videos, license plates, photos and any other information that can be investigated. Please include your name, address and phone number so that you can be contacted if necessary: 
“Celebratory” gunfire is considered an illegal discharge of a firearm and is very dangerous. Discharging a firearm for celebratory purposes could result in injury or death to anyone struck, and jail time for the offenders. 

COVID-19 Safety 
Super Bowl Sunday often includes gathering with friends and family. To reduce COVID-19 transmission, the Department of Health and Human Services encourages those attending a Super Bowl gathering to get vaccinated and boosted, wear masks indoors and at large outdoor events, and stay home and get tested when feeling sick or if exposed to COVID-19.  

Driving and Pedestrian Safety 
The City encourages everyone to remain safe while on the road and out and about over Super Bowl weekend and urges drivers, pedestrians and all commuters to practice safe, responsible behavior. 

Distracted driving, identified as anything that takes one’s eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel, poses a serious threat to people’s safety and should always be avoided. Pedestrians and bicyclists should also maintain strict awareness of their surroundings, especially at night and when crossing streets, even when crossing in a marked crosswalk. 

In Long Beach, DUI-related traffic collisions claimed the lives of nine people in 2019 and 14 people in 2020. The LBPD will have additional officers on patrol over Super Bowl weekend to deter drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Alcohol is not the only substance that can impair driving and possibly lead to a DUI. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may also affect one’s ability to drive safely. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties and a suspended license. It is essential for everyone’s safety to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, or simply stay at home. 

Grill Safety 
Grilling usually goes hand in hand with Super Bowl Sunday, but this popular cooking method can easily become dangerous when proper safety measures aren’t taken. Grills should only be used outdoors, away from the home, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Grease and fat build up should be removed before use, and children and pets should be kept at least three feet away. And of course, never leave a grill unattended. 

Celebrating safely can help achieve a safe Long Beach for all. 

Media inquiries may be directed to the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at 562.570.6397 or LongBeachMedia@longbeach.gov.