Fireworks sales are nearing the peak as Independence Day nears.
Stands operated by nonprofits such as church groups are throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. Sales benefit the groups, and for most of them the 4th of July marks one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.
Clovis Fire Chief John Binaski, representing the Central Valley Fireworks Task Force, talked about fireworks safety last week during the annual pre-Fourth of July news conference and demonstration.
The fireworks stands sell “safe and sane” items that have the state fire marshal’s seal. Binaski said that means fireworks that won’t leave the ground when lit. “If they leave the ground, if they come off the asphalt, those are definitely illegal fireworks,” Binaski said.
Anyone caught using illegal fireworks faces a $1,000 fine. Binaski also said such fireworks have the potential to injure the user or others, as well as cause fires. “When things leave the ground ... they cause fires we have to respond to.”