Members of the Simi Valley Police Department are urging residents to exercise caution and common sense during the 4th of July holiday celebration.
Hundreds of people are injured every year when they take use of fireworks into their own hands. Things like bottle rockets and cherry bombs can seem harmless but they can cause great deals of physical harm. Sparklers are also risky items. These sticks burn far hotter than the average camp fire. The sticks remain heated for several minutes after the sparks stop flying. If the user throws this onto the ground, children run the risk of stepping on it and burning their feet.
Simi Valley Police Department officials have said they confiscate pounds upon pounds of illegal fireworks each year. They did, however, note that they issued fewer citations for this offense in 2012 than they had in years past. Approximately 25 citations have been written in the past 24 months. This may be an improvement, but more can be done.
Those who are cited will need to pay a $100 fine. That fine could be much more depending on the type and quantity of fireworks that are confiscated. Depending on the circumstances, that amount can climb as high as $10,000.
A representative for the Simi Valley Police Department wants to underscore how dangerous illegal fireworks can be. Not only can they harm people, they can also harm property.
California fire officials have said this year’s fire season is anticipated to be very bad. There is lots of dry brush that can be ignited. A small fire can quickly grow into a very large one. Sparks from illegal fireworks pose a very large danger. Persons who set these off put homes, firefighters and citizens at risk.
If you or someone you know is aware of a planned unlawful fireworks display you reportedly are asked to call 805-583-6151 to place an anonymous tip. Simi Valley Police Department officers will take all calls seriously.