Fireworks Branded Violations

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Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Fireworks in Chino Hills, which are all illegal, resulted in on citations being issued, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Diamond Bar had nothing to report as of press time. But between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m., the Chino Police Department in collaboration with the Chino Valley Fire District issued 64 fireworks citations on Tuesday, July 4th. Assigned personnel strictly enforced Chino Municipal Code 08.12.170 relating to fireworks possession and discharge.

The joint enforcement was geared specifically to look for offenders who inappropriately used “safe and sane” fireworks and/or were in possession of illegal fireworks. The 14 assigned teams confiscated 289 pounds of illegal fireworks. In addition, before the 4th of July, enforcement personnel confiscated 1,075 pounds of illegal fireworks during proactive operations, according to a press release by the city. The grand total weight of confiscated illegal fireworks related to the Independence Day celebration is 1,364 pounds. The police department also received 220 fireworks calls for service during the six hour period. This is a minor decline compared to last year’s calls for service which totaled 290 calls.

“While it is unfortunate that people continue to violate the law by using illegal fireworks, I am pleased to report we did not have any significant fireworks related incidents during this year’s 4th of July celebration,” Chief Karen Comstock stated in a press release. It is important to note; in order to issue a citation, officers must witness an offender in possession of/or using the illegal fireworks. Each of the 64 citations issued were for possession of illegal fireworks, which carries a $1,000 fine.

The crackdown should result in $64,000 in fine money, which the city hadn’t specified where the money goes to as of press time.

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