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Press Release

City of Tracy Enforces Use and Sale of Illegal Fireworks

Safe and Sane Fireworks Legal in City Limits

Posted: Jun 20, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.

The City of Tracy is enforcing the use and sale of illegal fireworks within the community and is advising residents to abide by local law that allows for the purchase and discharge of Safe and Sane Fireworks. California’s definition of a Safe and Sane Firework is any fireworks that haven’t been classified as “dangerous” according to the Health and Safety Code. Typically Safe and Sane Fireworks are those that do not leave the ground, do not send projectiles into the air or explode. Approved Safe and Sane Fireworks will always bear the seal of the State of California State Fire Marshal. Dangerous and illegal fireworks include but are not limited to the following: firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, bottle rockets, shells, aerial bombs, flying spinners, and roman candles.

The sale and use of illegal fireworks is a violation of Chapter 3.04 of the Tracy Municipal Code. Violations can lead to misdemeanor charges that may result up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. The Tracy City Council approved an ordinance in 2011 permitting Safe and Sane Fireworks to be sold and used within Tracy city limits. Proceeds from the sales of Safe and Sane Fireworks benefit several local non-profit organizations that are selected through an annual lottery. After obtaining all necessary permits and completing the required safety training, the selected non-profits are permitted to sell within the City limits. The following non-profit organizations are permitted to sell Safe and Sane Fireworks at the noted locations:

• Central Valley Association of Realtors -  2513 N. Tracy Boulevard
• New Beginnings Apostolic Church - 2994 W. Grant Line Road
• Sow A Seed Community Foundation - 1950 W. Eleventh Street
• Tracy Buccaneers Youth Football - 3010 W. Grant Line Road
• Tracy Bulldogs Band Boosters - 1122 W. Eleventh Street
• Tracy Cougars Youth Football and Cheer - 875 S. Tracy Boulevard
• Tracy Junior Bulldogs Football and Cheer - 1900 Grant Line Road
• Tracy Rampage - 1973 N. Tracy Boulevard
• Tracy Youth Soccer League  - 801 W. Eleventh Street

The sale of Safe and Sane Fireworks are only allowable within Tracy City limits from noon - 8 p.m. on June 28th, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 29th through July 3rd and from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on July 4th.The discharge of Safe and Sane Fireworks is permitted from noon – 10 p.m. from June 28 through July 3rd, and from noon - midnight on July 4th.

The discharge of any fireworks in unincorporated areas surrounding Tracy remains illegal and use is strictly enforced. Safe and Sane Fireworks are prohibited from sale and use within Tracy city limits as of 12:01 a.m. on July 5, 2016.

The Tracy Fire Department has several suggestions for keeping residents safe when using legal fireworks. First, do not let children light fireworks. Additionally, do not let children play with sparklers. Sparklers cause more injuries to children than any other type firework. Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt some metals.

“Our primary concern is for the safety of our community. Your police and fire departments stress responsible use of safe and sane fireworks this season. The use of illegal fireworks will likely result in their confiscation and possible charges filed against the responsible party. We strongly encourage residents to attend the professional fireworks display sponsored by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce in lieu of using illegal fireworks,” stated Division Chief Dave Bramell.

In addition, the public should consider the following safety precautions when handling fireworks: keep a water source within 100 feet of the fireworks discharge location, maintain a safe distance between fireworks and onlookers, position fireworks away from dry grass or other flammables, light fireworks one at a time, never point them in the direction of others, and discard used fireworks into a bucket of water.

The public is asked to report the use or possession of illegal fireworks to the non-emergency telephone number of the Tracy Police Department at (209)831-6550. Residents may also report more serious issues, such as the sale of illegal fireworks, to Tracy Crime Stoppers at (209)831-4847.

Contact
Tracy Fire Department
(209) 831-6700

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