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Don’t light those fireworks

By From page A1 | July 03, 2013

ALL fireworks, including safe and sane fireworks, are illegal in El Dorado County.

“El Dorado County local ordinance No. 8.08.050 forbids the use and possession of ‘safe and sane’ fireworks commonly sold in surrounding areas like Sacramento because of the risk of wildfires,” said Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit. “Every year Cal Fire responds to wildland fires caused by safe and sane fireworks, putting people’s lives and property in jeopardy. There is ‘zero toleranc’ when it comes to the use or possession of fireworks in El Dorado County by Cal Fire, local fire districts and the local law enforcement agencies.”

Keenan urges residents to play by the rules and set the best example for their families and neighbors; don’t buy fireworks and bring them into this county.

“If you do and you get caught, not only will your fireworks be confiscated, you may be cited, facing misdemeanor charges that include up to six months in jail or a $500 fine or both,” Keenan warned. “It isn’t worth the risk, especially when we have a several excellent firework displays for everyone to enjoy.”

El Dorado County’s legal fireworks shows are scheduled as follows:

• Saturday, June 29 —  Cameron Park’s Summer Spectacular at Cameron Park Lake, 2 to 10 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 3 — El Dorado Hills Towne Center’s Fireworks Jubilee, 6 to 11:30 pm.

• Thursday, July 4 —Family Blast at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, 4 to 10 pm.

• Thursday July 4 — South Lake Tahoe Lights on the Lake Fireworks Display. Show begins at 9:45 p.m.

Teresa Mizuhara

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