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RivCo Public Safety Officials to Demonstrate Fireworks Dangers

Fire officials will demonstrate how much damage a firecracker can do to flesh and how easily fireworks can start a brush fire, especially with tinder- box conditions brought on by drought.

A "Dangers of Fireworks" press conference and fireworks safety demonstration held in June 11 showed what a firework could do to this watermelon.  File photo by Eric Reed for Banning-Beaumont Patch.
A "Dangers of Fireworks" press conference and fireworks safety demonstration held in June 11 showed what a firework could do to this watermelon. File photo by Eric Reed for Banning-Beaumont Patch.

The potential hazards and legal consequences of setting off fireworks in Riverside County will be highlighted Wednesday during a briefing by public safety officials.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Stone, county Fire Chief John Hawkins and sheriff's Chief Deputy Shelley Kennedy-Smith will be among those on hand, along with pyrotechnic experts, to discuss the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the risks of lighting fireworks.

The briefing is scheduled for 11 a.m. outside the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center in Riverside.

Fire officials will demonstrate how much damage a firecracker can do to flesh and how easily fireworks can start a brush fire, especially with tinder- box conditions brought on by drought.

A fireworks are banned in Riverside County, except for in Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio, where so-called safe and sane fireworks -- those that don't fly or explode -- can be sold to the public.

Safe and sane fireworks include sparklers, ground spinners, fountains, snappers and caps. Cities can authorize fireworks displays, and the county grants permits for fireworks shows in unincorporated communities.

Under county Ordinance 858, fines for illegally storing, transporting or setting off fireworks can range from $500 to $1,000. A violation is a misdemeanor. After a first offense, a repeat violator can be sentenced up to a year in jail.

According to county officials, any person who starts a brush fire by using fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs.

 

– City News Service. 


 

Mr. Gordon Hendricks June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Ken, Jordan is steering you straight here. Those links are the real deal.
Ken Mayes June 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Jordan - nice site but shows only Temecula in the local area as having anything on the 4th. Menifee on the 28th, I guess Independence Day is whatever day is convenient for them.
SA June 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM
If a government agency needs to inform the public that fireworks can harm someone and/or start a fire, then the person lighting off the fireworks should get hurt as being stupid should hurt … “I did not know my hand would be burnt by playing with fireworks. I wish the PD had said something…”
MLS June 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Not sure why neither the City of LE nor The Patch is promoting our Independance Day Fireworks show this year, but here is the link stating it WILL be held on the lake at 9pm, Friday, July 4th. http://issuu.com/cityoflakeelsinore/docs/2014_spring_guide_web_reduced_corre/23?e=1342659/6970017 Sheesh...how can something be so important as celebrating our fight for freedom, and yet not on local news media? God Bless America!
DeeAnn Bradley June 24, 2014 at 02:13 PM
San Jacinto Independence Day Parade on 4th, Walmart to Valley-Wide Regional Park on Esplanade Ave

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