Authorities, Cal Expo Preparing for a Safe Fourth of July

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SACRAMENTO -- Local fire departments want you to know there is a way to report unsafe fireworks happening in your neighborhood.

"Anything that flies through the air, explodes or moves in an uncontrolled fashion on the ground is considered an illegal firework," said Chris Harvey, spokesperson for the Sacramento Fire Department.

Harvey said this year many people may not realize they've bought illegal fireworks.

"We’re seeing an increase this year in a problem in illegal fireworks that are actually packaged with 'legal and sane' on them, they’re getting a little bit smarter, I think we’re having some folks out there that are buying packages that are safe and sane that are not actually safe and sane,” Harvey said.

But if you'd like to see bigger and safer fireworks, Cal Expo is once again hosting its annual fireworks show, starting at 9:30 p.m. ($10 for parking). While last year's show sent fireworks dangerously close to spectators, Cal Expo officials said they've made no changes.

A spokesperson for the event told FOX40 three different agencies ruled the cause of last year's accident as inconclusive. With more than 3,000 explosions in the sky expected this year, organizers are hoping for redeem themselves with a safe show.

To report unsafe or illegal fireworks, you can call (916) 264-5471.