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CONTACT: Rick Vogt, (760) 839-5401

Escondido, CA – With the Fourth of July only a few days away, the Escondido Fire Department reminds all residents that fireworks should be left to experts. 

Fireworks are extremely dangerous and their use can easily cause serious injuries and start fires,” said Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt. “Considering the dry brush in and around Escondido, anyone thinking about buying and using illegal fireworks needs to understand the consequences. Anyone who negligently causes a fire to start can be held criminally and financially responsible.”

All residents should know that all fireworks, even those labeled “consumer” or “safe and sane”, are illegal in San Diego County, including Escondido. This includes cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, roman candles, skyrockets, firecrackers, mine and shells, helicopter-type rockets, sparklers, poppers and revolving wheels.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people, including children and teens, are injured every year while using consumer fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler, which burns at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause critical injuries and pose a serious fire hazard. Additionally, two out of five fires reported on Independence Day are started by fireworks.

Residents are encouraged to enjoy the FREE professional fireworks show that will be held in Grape Day Park. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and the fireworks display will begin at 9:00 p.m. This community event features live music, food vendors, and activities.

For more fire prevention information, contact the Escondido Fire Department at (760) 839-5400.

To learn more about the City’s Independence Day festival and fireworks show, visit www.artcenter.org/event/independence-day-festival/2017-07-04

 

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