LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — If you want to get silly in Hollywood this Halloween, be prepared to pay for it.
KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports a long-standing temporary ban on “Silly String” and similar products went into effect Thursday morning.
The ordinance was first introduced in 2004 by then-Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Tom LaBonge in response to requests from Hollywood Boulevard property owners and complaints from city workers.
Violators face a maximum $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail for use, possession, sale or distribution of aerosol string in Hollywood from 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 31 through 1 to 12:00 p.m. on November 1.
LAPD Lt. Marc Reina said enforcement of the ordinance over the last decade has sharply reduced waste and financial costs for the event, which officials estimated to exceed $200,000.
“It was [worse] in previous years, which obviously dictated the drafting and the passing of the ordinance, but we’ve seen in recent years that use of Silly String has decreased drastically,” Rena said.
Confetti is also prohibited by current littering laws, according to Rena.
An estimated 100,000 people celebrate Halloween in the Hollywood area every year.