FIRE AND POLICE AGENCIES JOIN FORCES TO PATROL FOR ILLEGAL FIREWORKS
06/29/2010

A $1,250 fine awaits anyone caught using illegal fireworks this Fourth of July under a “No Tolerance” policy being enforced in local communities. The Fresno Fire Department, in partnership with Fresno police, City of Kerman police, North Central Fire Protection District and Fig Garden Fire Protection District, will be aggressively patrolling to ensure only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are used to celebrate the holiday this year.

Illegal fireworks, including firecrackers, M-80s, M-100’s, cherry bombs, aerial shells and mortars, silver salutes, roman candles, helicopters and bottle rockets, account for over 92 percent of the fire damage and injuries caused by fireworks each year, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office. If a firework leaves the ground, explodes or its effects reach a distance of 10 feet or more, it is considered illegal. Even legal fireworks can become illegal if they are altered in any way.

As in years past, the City of Fresno allows only the use of state-approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks sold through approved vendors. The purchase of “Safe and Sane” fireworks is permitted from June 28 through July 6. However, fireworks may only be discharged on Sunday, July 4 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.

Eight enforcement teams, each comprised of one police officer and one firefighter, will be canvassing local communities to seek out illegal fireworks users. Amnesty is being offered to individuals who drop off illegal fireworks at any fire station, with no questions asked.

For more information, please contact Fire Prevention Inspectors Leslie Forshey at 621-4144, or Terri Meiss 621-4146, or refer to our website at www.fresno.gov/fireworks, or call the department directly at 621-4181.

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