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Chico Fire warns of firework safety ahead of July 4

With Summer started and the Fourth of July close, first responders want to make sure everyone knows the rules of firework safety.

Posted: Jun 29, 2019 6:44 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2019 9:58 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - With Summer started and the Fourth of July close, first responders want to make sure everyone knows the rules of firework safety.

Last year, due to fireworks, there were nearly 20,000 fires started, 12,000 people were injured and eight people died all in the US.
Throughout Butte County, besides Oroville and Gridley city limits, even the "Safe and Sane" fireworks are illegal.

"It's illegal, it's a bad example and it's dangerous," said Chico Fire Division Chief Jesse Alexander. "We go on calls with kids that played with fireworks and it's devastating injuries and difficult to deal with."

The Division Chief says you can be criminally prosecuted if you use fireworks and start a fire.

The Butte County District Attorney says if you are caught with fireworks anywhere they are not legal, you can face upwards of six months in jail.

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