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Several fire departments cracking down on illegal fireworks this Fourth of July

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Several fire agencies came together Monday to show the potential danger of Safe and Sane fireworks being used incorrectly near dry vegetation.

The demonstration took place at the Loma Vista Community Church. In one of the demonstrations a firefighter shot off a roman candle in to dry brush which quickly ignited within seconds.

The Fresno County Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE, Clovis Fire Department, and Fresno City Fire Department, the Task Force will be enforcing a “Zero Tolerance” policy against illegal fireworks this year. During the 4th of July holiday, each agency will be canvassing the cities and rural areas in both marked and unmarked vehicles to minimize the dangers posed by illegal fireworks. As always, the departments are offering amnesty to those individuals who wish to drop off illegal fireworks at any area fire station.

Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. The Central Valley Fireworks Task Force says it is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the "Safe and Sane" seal. If convicted, you could be fined up to $50,000 as well as face criminal charges and be sent to jail for up to one year. In the City of Clovis, individuals who use illegal or modify “Safe and Sane” fireworks will be fined $1,000 per occurrence. The California State Fire Marshal says illegal fireworks account for over 92 percent of the fire damage and injuries caused by fireworks each year.

This Fourth of July, the Fresno County Fire Protection District and cities of Fresno and Clovis will allow the use of state-approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks on the valley floor to celebrate our nation’s birthday. In areas generally east of the Friant-Kern Canal, west of Interstate 5, and in the River Bluff area of northern Fresno city NO FIREWORKS are allowed due to the risk of fires starting in the vegetation. Fireworks stands will be selling only approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks. The purchase of “Safe and Sane” fireworks will be allowed from noon on June 28, 2015 through noon of July 6, 2015.

Fireworks Facts:

33% of the fireworks products tested by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were noncompliant with federal regulations.

240 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks related injuries in the 30-days around 4th of July.

Most injured body parts from fireworks; 16% eyes, 22% heads, 36% hands/fingers, 5% arms, 7% trunks, 14% legs. Of all the injures, 62% were from burns.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires

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