Riverside County’s first approved professional fireworks show will be held Saturday in Menifee ahead of Independence Day.

The drive-in celebration will be held in the parking lot of Mt. San Jacinto College, 28237 La Piedra Road. The lot opens at 5 p.m. and the fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

More information about the event and all other fireworks shows planned across Riverside County through July 4 can be found at www.rvcfire.org.

Authorities also warned residents that those caught using illegal fireworks in Riverside County will face heftier fees this year, which will run between $1,000 and $5,000.

Following the excessive and hazardous display of illegal fireworks in 2020, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors launched a multi-agency fireworks education and enforcement campaign to curb the dangerous activity.

“Fireworks can cause serious, lifelong injuries and can even kill. Fireworks also spark structural and wildland fires that destroy property” Riverside County Fire Chief Bill Weiser said. “In addition to imposed fines, anyone who causes a wildland fire by using fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs and damages.”

So-called “safe and sane” fireworks are only allowed within the city limits of Indio, Coachella, Blythe and Desert Hot Springs.

Residents can report illegal fireworks by downloading the Riverside County Sheriff’s app, on the sheriff’s website, or by calling a non-emergency toll-free number at 800-950-2444.

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