Vacaville Police, Fire Departments Crack Down on Illegal Fireworks

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VACAVILLE -- The Vacaville police and fire departments put a comprehensive plan in place to crack down on illegal 4th of July fireworks. Extra firefighters, fire investigators and police officers were on duty during Independence Day in the city.

They went out prepared to investigate and confiscate illegal fireworks, and give out citations. All personal fireworks, even safe and sane ones, are illegal in Vacaville.

Last year, on Fourth of July night, the 320-acre Pena Adobe Fire raced through the hills of southwest Vacaville.

"Homes were threatened; people had to be evacuated," explained Vacaville Fire Chief Kris Concepcion. "And that was actually started by teenagers playing with fireworks."

If anyone is tempted to light illegal fireworks in Vacaville, the fire chief said he hopes they will think about the people who were impacted by that fire.

"The nervousness that they had as the fire was running down the hills and threatening their homes," he said. "And they had to evacuate. That's really what we're trying to prevent."

The City of Vacaville hosted an approved professional fireworks show downtown on Fourth of July night.