cracking down on illegal fireworks
the City of Merced is continuing its Celebrate Safe
campaign to cut down on the use of illegal fireworks.
The goal is to reduce fires, injuries, noise, lost
pets and neighborhood disruptions.
Use a skyrocket or a barrel bomb and it could cost
you up to $2,000. Keep using illegal fireworks or
sell them and it could land you in court.
The City is enforcing laws against any fireworks not
labelled “safe and sane” by the California
State Fire Marshall, said Fire Chief Billy Alcorn.
If it explodes or leaves the ground or has been modified,
it’s not safe and sane.
Extra officers will be on patrol over the Fourth of
July holidays to enforce fireworks violations, said
Police Chief Chris Goodwin. There also is a special
phone number and email for people to report illegal
The campaign started in 2018 based on City Council
Member Kevin Blake who said Merced looked like a “battle
zone with the sky lit up with skyrockets and the air
filled with explosions.”
He said he had received calls from residents who had
to medicate their pets because they were traumatized
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