Fireworks put California fire officials on alert

by bil | June 29th, 2007

Dry winter presents potential for Fourth of July catastrophe

As many look forward to the Fourth of July, the Oakland Tribune reports that after a dry winter California fire officials are on alert and are gearing up for what could be a dangerous holiday.

After one of the driest winters in more than 15 years, California police and firefighters have a special message for any amateur pyrotechnics this year: When it comes to light shows, leave it to the pros.

California severely limits which fireworks can be sold. Only those deemed “safe and sane” by the state fire marshal — such as spinners and smoke devices — are allowed. In the Bay Area, only a handful of cities, including San Bruno, Pacifica, Dublin, Newark, Union City, Gilroy and Watsonville, permit either the sale or use of the “safe and sane” variety.

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