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|July 17, 2019|
Fireworks arrests, citations didn't de-fuse holiday
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Skies were filled with illegal fireworks during the long Fourth of July holiday. But, it could have been worse.
Police agencies are detailing results of their crackdown that took tons of pyrotechnics off local streets and backyards.
In San Bernardino County, a Fireworks Interdiction Task Force intercepted 60,000 pounds of fireworks from Nevada during the previous three weeks. Seventy-three citations with stiff fines were issued.
Under California law, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air, or move along the ground are considered dangerous and are illegal to possess without a permit.
More citations were issued in Fontana where seven fires started. Fines for possession and use of illegal fireworks range from $2,500 to $10,000 in Fontana.
During a 6-hour period on the Fourth of July in Riverside, a Fireworks Task Force issued 125 citations and seized approximately 800 pounds of illegal fireworks. So far this month, the Task Force has seized an estimated 3800 pounds of illegal fireworks.
Story Date: July 13, 2019