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DIVISION 11. EXPLOSIVES [12000 - 12761]

  ( Division 11 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 2. FIREWORKS AND PYROTECHNIC DEVICES [12500 - 12728]

  ( Part 2 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109. )

CHAPTER 3. Administration [12550 - 12558]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109. )

12550.
  

The State Fire Marshal shall enforce and administer this part.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109.)

12551.
  

The State Fire Marshal shall appoint deputies and employees as may be required to carry out the provisions of this part, subject to approval in the annual Budget Act.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 563, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2008.)

12552.
  

The State Fire Marshal shall adopt regulations relating to fireworks as may be necessary for the protection of life and property not inconsistent with the provisions of this part. These regulations shall include, but are not limited to, provisions for the following:

(a)  Granting of licenses and permits for the manufacture, wholesale, import, export, and sale of all classes of fireworks.

(b)  Classification of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices.

(c)  Registration of employees of licensees.

(d)  Licenses and permits required for presentation of public displays.

(e)  Granting of licenses and permits for research or experimentation with experimental or model rockets and missiles.

(f)  Investigation, examination, and licensing of pyrotechnic operators of all classes.

(g)  Registration of emergency signaling devices and the classification and use of exempt fireworks.

(h)  Transportation of all classifications of fireworks, model rockets, emergency signaling devices, and exempt fireworks.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 563, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2008.)

12553.
  

The State Fire Marshal shall also adopt regulations for classification of any new type of fireworks or pyrotechnic devices which have not been classified prior to January 1, 1974 and for the regulation of such fireworks in accordance with the provisions of this part.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109.)

12554.
  

The regulations adopted by the State Fire Marshal relating to fireworks and in existence on January 1, 1974 shall continue thereafter to be in effect as regulations of the State Fire Marshal until amended or repealed pursuant to the provisions of this part.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109.)

12555.
  

The State Fire Marshal or his salaried deputies may make an examination of the books and records of any licensee or permittee relative to fireworks, and may visit and inspect any building or other premises subject to the control of, or used by, the licensee or permittee for any purpose related to fireworks of any licensee or permittee at any time he may deem necessary for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this part.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109.)

12556.
  

In addition to the obligations described in Section 13110.5, on or before July 1, 2008, the State Fire Marshal shall identify and evaluate methods to capture more detailed data relating to fires, damages, and injuries caused by both dangerous fireworks and safe and sane fireworks. These evaluation methods shall include a cost analysis related to capturing and reporting the data and shall meet or exceed the specificity, detail, and reliability of the data captured under the former California Fire Incident Reporting System (CFIRS). The State Fire Marshal shall furnish a copy of these evaluation methods to any interested person upon request.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 563, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2008.)

12557.
  

(a) The Office of the State Fire Marshal shall consult with public safety agencies and other stakeholders as deemed necessary by the State Fire Marshal and develop a model ordinance that permits local jurisdictions to adopt a streamlined enforcement and administrative fine procedures related to the possession of 25 pounds or less of dangerous fireworks. These procedures shall be limited to civil fines and as authorized pursuant to Section 53069.4 of the Government Code, and provide that the fines collected pursuant to this section shall not be subject to Section 12706. The model ordinance shall include provisions for reimbursing the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the costs associated with the disposal of seized fireworks and collecting these disposal costs as part of an administrative fine as described in subdivision (c).

(b) An ordinance of a local jurisdiction in effect on or after January 1, 2008, that is related to dangerous fireworks and is not the model ordinance described in subdivision (a) shall, as soon as practicable, comply with all of the following:

(1) The ordinance shall be amended or adopted to include provisions for cost reimbursement to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the collection of disposal costs as part of an administrative fine as described in subdivision (c).

(2) The ordinance shall be amended or adopted to provide that the ordinance shall be limited to a person who possesses or the seizure of 25 pounds or less of dangerous fireworks.

(3) The ordinance shall be amended or adopted to provide that the fines collected pursuant to the ordinance shall not be subject to Section 12706.

(c) The State Fire Marshal shall, in consultation with local jurisdictions, develop regulations to specify a procedure on how to cover the cost to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the transportation and disposal of dangerous fireworks that are seized by local jurisdictions. The regulations shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) A cost recovery procedure to collect, as part of an administrative fine, the actual cost for transportation and disposal of dangerous fireworks from any person who violates a local ordinance related to dangerous fireworks.

(2) The method by which the actual cost for transportation and disposal by the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be calculated.

(3) The method, manner, and procedure the local jurisdiction is required to follow to forward the amounts collected pursuant to paragraph (1) to the State Fire Marshal.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 563, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2008.)

12558.
  

The licensee or permittee shall permit the chief of the issuing authority, or his authorized representatives, as qualified in Section 12721, to enter and inspect any building or other premises subject to the control of or used by the licensee or permittee for any purpose related to fireworks at any time for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this part.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1109.)

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