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Police and Fire to Patrol for Illegal Fireworks

  • By David Barron

Monterey Park issued a warning  to those celebrating Independence Day to only use legal fireworks and limited hours for their use in the city. The city said only only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed, and only on July 4 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. To enforce the laws, fire and police will be patroling the city for violators.

Fireworks are not allowed in city parks. Permitted fireworks must be “Safe and Sane” and cannot be modified or altered (MPMC 5.48.190).
Due to the extreme fire dangers in California and to make sure everyone in the community can enjoy the holiday, the City of Monterey Park encourages everyone to have a safe Fourth of July by ensuring the use of Safe and Sane fireworks only, making sure children are supervised at all times, and taking care of pets.

They also urged people to remember their pets during the holiday. "Many times pets are forgotten during this holiday and many are sensitive to loud noises. The fireworks can scare the animals and cause them to run off. It is recommended to bring pets indoors and play calming music while the fireworks are being ignited or seek the advice of a local veterinarian before the 4th, a city press release stated.

Additionally, the Monterey Park Fire Department's Arson Team and the Police Department have begun patrolling the city to ensure safe preservation of the community. Individuals failing to comply with the city fireworks ordinance and found with illegal fireworks or igniting fireworks before July 4 may be susceptible to fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and confiscation of the fireworks.

"So enjoy the Fourth of July, but remember to use Safe and Sane only within the allowable times. If you and your family would like to celebrate somewhere other than your home," the city press release stated.

The city invited local residents to join them at its Fourth of July Celebration at Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Avenue. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. For more information about the city’s Fourth of July Celebration, visit www.MontereyPark.ca.gov.

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