Fireworks use illegal in Truckee-Tahoe area |

Fireworks use illegal in Truckee-Tahoe area

Fireworks are illegal and unsafe, no matter what type they are, said Truckee Fire District’s Deputy Chief.

“People get confused about ‘safe and sane’ fireworks,” Mike Terwilliger said. “All I can say is-they’re illegal in the Tahoe-Truckee area and we’ll confiscate them.”

Terwilliger is concerned about the vacationers from areas where fireworks are legal. He said that it is common to see people with large boxes of fireworks labeled ‘safe and sane’ that are potential fire disasters waiting to happen.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets and other non-approved fireworks are illegal for many reasons, primarily because they explode or become propelled projectiles.

Safe and sane fireworks may not explode, but that does not make them fire safe. In many cases, these displays cause fires more readily than firecrackers, he said. In the wrong hands, especially a child’s hands, fireworks can cause serious injury and possibly death.

Residents are encouraged to watch the Fourth of July fireworks at the West End Beach Family Celebration, scheduled from 9 a.m. through the fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m.

Both the Truckee and Donner Summit fire departments, California Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service remind everyone to use extra caution when traveling in the area with the additional motorists and bicyclists on the roads.

For information about fireworks, personal safety while vacationing or the fire service, call the Truckee Fire District at 582-7850.

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