Officials Cracking Down on Illegal Fireworks

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George Apple, the fire marshal with Cosumnes Fire says this Fourth of July is going to be a busy one for his team and is encouraging all families to buy legal fireworks.

The legal fireworks have a seal that says “State of California, State Fire Marshal, Safe and Sane”

“If it doesn’t have that, it’s illegal in the state of California,” Apple said.

In just the last few weeks, there have been some arrests involving illegal fireworks.

Galt Police arrested Leonidez Garcia for allegedly selling illegal fireworks. Officers say they found 22 of them in his car.

In Salinas this past weekend, officers arrested a man on suspicion for selling 1,800 pounds of fireworks through Facebook.

Apple says illegal sales online are a problem.

“We monitor what’s happening on Craigslist, and eBay and everywhere else and we’ll get phone calls from shipping companies because of stuff coming in from out of state,” Apple said.

Apple also wants people to use common sense when they are using legal fireworks – those too can be dangerous, if not used properly.

“Look for accumulation of leaves that have fallen and gathered somewhere. Other combustible items, garbage, you want to make sure you’re staying away from that,” Apple said.

Another tip:  Make sure the fire is completely out before throwing your fireworks away.

“People take their fire to a trash bin and don’t think about it,” Apple said.

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