Keep those fireworks out of Loomis, or else

Editor's View
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Don’t even think about setting off fireworks in Loomis. July 4 is Saturday and fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating our nation’s independence. However, all fireworks – including the “safe and sane” variety ¬– are banned in Loomis. Fireworks are also illegal in all unincorporated areas of the county. While some cities do allow the sale and use of some fireworks, the fireworks can only be set off in those jurisdictions. Just because they were purchased legally doesn’t mean they can be set off in jurisdictions that prohibit their use. The Greater Sacramento Area Fireworks Task Force is a regional effort to enforce the illegal use of fireworks. The task force has a “zero-tolerance policy,” which means there won’t be any warnings or slaps on the wrist. According to Sean Fuller, fire prevention officer for the Loomis Fire Protection District, possession of illegal fireworks can lead to a $1,000 fine and up to 10 day in jail. “It is important that everyone consider the extreme danger that all fireworks pose to the safety of the public and our communities,” Fuller said. Not only can fireworks cause serious injuries, they too often start fires. Unfortunately, the Independence Day holiday falls during the dry season. California continues to experience a drought, and the vegetation in Placer County is extremely dry. It is very easy to start brush fires with fireworks, and the fire danger is a major reason to not use fireworks, Fuller said. Wildfires caused by fireworks are not the only danger. Fuller points out that fireworks could easily land on an innocent bystander or child and cause serious burn injuries. Fireworks set off in the "safety" of the neighborhood sidewalk can easily land on a house or a car, which can start a fire, he said. In addition to a fine that will be imposed if you get caught with fireworks, there’s also other costs involved. Individuals who cause a wildland fire by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for the suppression costs, Fuller said. The cost of fighting a fire as small as a couple of acres can be in the thousands of dollars. The suppression cost for larger fires can cost millions. Fuller adds that it isn't worth the risk when there are great professional fireworks shows throughout the county. Heed the warning of firefighter Sean Fuller: “Is it worth the excitement of watching something explode when it might cost someone his or her life, car or home?”