Lodi nonprofits wanting to sell fireworks for the Fourth of July can start sending in applications to win a lottery spot.
Earlier this month, the Lodi City Council approved the sale and use of state-approved "safe and sane" fireworks in the city limits. The city will allow six stands in the city to sell the legal fireworks, which include spinners; handheld items like sparklers, cone fountains, base fountains, box or tube fountains; novelties; and smoke items.
Illegal fireworks are basically anything that shoots in the air. Illegal items include firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets, Roman candles, mortars, cherry bombs and helicopters.
Lodi will allow nonprofits to sell state-approved fireworks from noon to 9 p.m. on June 28 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from June 29 to July 4. Residents will also be able to set off fireworks during those same time periods, and also from 9 to 11 p.m. on June 29 to July 4.
The city of Lodi will accept applications from nonprofits until May 4. The city will then select six applications through a lottery drawing at 6 p.m. May 12 in Carnegie Forum.
Organizations have the option of filing a joint application if they both want to staff the same booth.
Nonprofits need to be established for one year before filing an application and provide proof of non-delinquent, current nonprofit status with either the California Franchise Tax Board or the Internal Revenue Service.
They also must submit a list of at least 10 members who are Lodi residents, and a brief statement explaining how their activities primarily benefit Lodi residents.
The city is also charging a $35 application fee that can either be a check or money order.
At the lottery, the city will also draw six replacement nonprofits in case any of the ones selected drop out before July 4.
The required fees for the nonprofits selected include a non-refundable $300 inspection fee and a $1,000 security deposit that is refundable.