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 As the summer temperatures start to rise and fire danger increases, Roseville Fire and Police Department officials are requesting the public’s assistance to prevent fireworks related property losses and injuries during this 4th of July season.   


As a member of the Greater Sacramento Area Fireworks Task Force, a regional effort, the City of Roseville will enforce a “Zero Tolerance” policy again this year regarding illegal fireworks.  The use of illegal fireworks is extremely dangerous and if anyone is found in possession of such fireworks a price will be paid.  Officials will be out in the community issuing citations or making arrests when appropriate.  In 2005 fourteen citations were issued to individuals using illegal fireworks in the City of Roseville           


In California possession of illegal fireworks is considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1000 or by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year.  If you are found to be in possession of a sufficient amount of illegal fireworks, you may be guilty of a felony and punished by a fine up to $5000 and/or imprisonment in a state prison or county jail.  Parents may be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of illegal fireworks.  “The Placer County District Attorney has been very supportive of the program and proactive in the prosecution of citation recipients”, says Dennis Mathisen, Division Chief/Fire Marshal.  “Without their full support this enforcement effort would not have deterrent effect is currently has.  We appreciate the DA’s involvement in the program”, Mathisen continued.           


Remember, any firework which is not California State Fire Marshal Approved is illegal.  If it goes up in the air, darts across the ground or explodes, it’s illegal.  Examples of illegal fireworks include: Cherry Bombs, M-80’s, M-100’s, Firecrackers, Bottle Rockets, Roman Candles, Aerial Shells and Mortars.            


If you know anyone selling or using illegal fireworks in the City of Roseville, call the Police/Fire Department Communication Center non-emergency telephone number: (916) 774-5000 (press “1” to report the crime).  Illegal fireworks can be turned in at the Roseville Fire Department, 401 Oak Street.   


The fireworks task force, once again, would like to thank the Roseville Automall for displaying our public safety message about illegal fireworks on its electronic sign located along Interstate 80.  


In Roseville, illegal fireworks may be turned in at Fire Station One, located at 401 Oak Street.  If you have any questions about fireworks, legal or illegal, please feel free to call the Roseville Fire Department at (916) 774-5800, or check out the Fire Department website at http://www.roseville.ca.us/fire/fire_prevention/fireworks_enforcement.asp