SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Lighting the night sky with illegal fireworks has become a popular trend until July 4, with state and local agencies cracking down.
“I don’t know if this year people are more bored because of the shelter-in-place orders. The reason they are illegal is that they are not safe, ”said Daniel Berlant, of Cal Fire.
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In just one week in June, Cal Fire confiscated nearly 50,000 pounds of illegal fireworks.
“You could face fines of up to $ 50,000 and even face a year in prison. It’s just not worth a few minutes of potential fun, ”said Berlant, who explained that any fireworks that explode in the air and are not part of a public display is considered illegal fireworks. . “They cause injuries, they start fires and we just can’t afford that, especially in the middle of fire season. “
Any fireworks that cannot leave the ground and have the state seal of approval can be used. Angelica Brenson went to West Sacramento to get her fireworks legal.
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“We had the whole platform, I think,” she said. “None of them shoot in the air.”
But not everyone has a neighbor like Brenson.
“I actually contacted a few neighbors directly to try and manage it myself instead of calling the police,” said Jacque White, of West Sacramento.
Agencies across the region are involved in cracking down on illegal fireworks. Law enforcement in Tracy, Lathrop, as well as the California Highway Patrol have all been putting out major fireworks over the past few days and all in an effort to prioritize safety.
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Cal Fire normally suggests people go to their local fireworks as an alternative to using illegal fireworks, but with very few shows in our area due to the coronavirus, Cal Fire has struggled to convince people not to start fireworks.