Tuesday Jun 29 2010
Firing fireworks off-limits in Loomis
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
There’s lots of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. In Loomis and throughout unincorporated Placer County, shooting off fireworks isn’t one of them. “All fireworks within the town limits are illegal,” said Sean Fuller, fire prevention officer for the Loomis Fire Protection District. The ban applies to fireworks of all sizes and types. Only the cities of Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln allow the “safe and sane” variety of fireworks, he said. According to Fuller, possession of illegal fireworks can lead to a $1,000 fine and up to 10 days in jail. Individuals who cause a wildland fire by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for suppression costs. For a two-acre fire, suppression costs can be in the thousands of dollars and for larger fires it can run into the millions, he said. Fuller said it is important that everyone consider the extreme danger that all fireworks pose to the safety of the public and communities. “All fireworks are illegal because they cause serious injuries and they often cause fires. The vegetation in Placer County is extremely dry and it is very easy to start brush fires with fireworks. California continues to experience a drought and the fire danger is a major reason to not use fireworks.” Fireworks set off in the “safety” of the neighborhood sidewalk, he said, can land on a house or a car, which can start a fire. Or they can easily land on an innocent bystander or child and cause serious burn injuries. “Is it worth the excitement of watching something explode when it might cost someone his or her life, car or home?” Fuller said. The Placer SPCA also warned that the flashes, cracks and booms of fireworks can be frightening for pets. Leilani Vierra of the SPCA suggests keeping pets in a quiet, familiar area on July 4 and anytime loud noises are nearby. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a licensed, professional — and safe — fireworks displays that will be held Saturday evening in Colfax and Lincoln, and in Auburn and Roseville on Sunday evening.