OUCH! $1000 fine for Illegal Fireworks
Published on Jun 29, 2017 14:42

Fireworks Safety “ZERO tolerance for illegal fireworks”
The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety reminds you to celebrate safely and responsibly this 4th of July. Celebrating with fireworks is an American tradition that harkens back to the days of our founding fathers.  Fireworks are a great source of family entertainment when used safely.
The Rohnert Park Municipal Code (15.28) outlines the permitted use of Safe and Sane fireworks from 8:00AM to 10:00PM June 30th – July 4th.  Any use outside of these dates and hours are subject to an administrative citation.
The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety recommends that you follow the following safety tips so that you enjoy your fireworks display this holiday:
OBEY ALL LAWS Please obey your local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks.
USE COMMON SENSE Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item.
ADULTS ONLY NEVER LET CHILDREN HANDLE, PLAY WITH, OR LIGHT ANY FIREWORKS. ONLY ADULTS SHOULD HANDLE AND LIGHT THE FIREWORKS. The fireworks are great family fun, but they burn very hot and are intended to be handled only by adults.
JUST SAY NO Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you.
HARD, FLAT, & LEVEL To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat, and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on a lawn, use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface, and never use fireworks near dry grass.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.
HEADS UP Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
LIGHTING The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworks should be lit with long fireplace matches or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should be lit only one at a time. Don't attempt to re-light a "dud." If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water.
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Always be prepared to respond to a mishap.
HANDLE WITH CARE Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND The noise and lights of fireworks often frighten some animals, so it is very important that you are careful with pets and farm animals. You may want to consider moving the animals away or keeping them inside during your display. Please be considerate of your pets and animals when using fireworks.
The City of Rohnert Park Police and Fire Division will have additional staffing on duty for the 4th of July celebrations. We would like to remind you that the use of illegal fireworks is a serious violation of the Law. Officers will be making arrests and issuing administrative fines of $1000.00 for the possession or use of illegal fireworks. The City of Rohnert Park along with other Cities and Counties has adopted a ZERO tolerance for illegal fireworks. To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks in Rohnert Park call the non-emergency Fire Division phone number at 584-2641. Calls can be made anonymously.