Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

No fireworks in county

Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan, of the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit, is encouraging everyone in El Dorado County to celebrate Independence Day by attending one or all of the following local events:

• Saturday, June 29,  Cameron Park Lake, Cameron Park from 2 to 10 p.m. Fun and games for the entire family.  Fireworks spectacular in the evening.
• Wednesday, July 3, El Dorado Hills Town Center, El Dorado Hills from 6 to 11:30 p.m. A jubilee of entertainment for the whole family ending with a fireworks program to be remembered.
• Thursday, July 4, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville from 4 to 10 p.m. Have a blast and enjoy the fireworks show, music, food and fun for all.
• Thursday, July 4, South Lake Tahoe Lights on the Lake Fireworks Display. Show begins at 9:45 p.m. This show has recently been ranked as one of the top five in the nation.

These are low cost events in El Dorado County where you can celebrate Independence Day with your friends and family and it’s the safest way to enjoy a fireworks display especially since all fireworks, including “Safe and Sane” fireworks, are illegal in the county.

“El Dorado County local ordinance #8.08.050 forbids the use and possession of ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks commonly sold in surrounding areas like Sacramento because of the risk of wildfires,” Keenan said. “Every year Cal Fire responds to wildland fires caused by ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks, putting people’s lives and property in jeopardy.  There is “zero tolerance” when it comes to the use or possession of fireworks in El Dorado County by Cal Fire, local fire districts and the local law enforcement agencies.

“I urge you to please play by the rules and set the best example for your family and neighbors and don’t buy fireworks and bring them into this county.  If you do and you get caught, not only will your fireworks be confiscated, you may be cited, facing misdemeanor charges that include up to six months in jail or a $500 fine, or both. It isn’t worth the risk, especially when we have a several excellent firework displays for everyone to enjoy.”

Teresa Mizuhara

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