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Placer Co. reminds residents of illegal fireworks in Tahoe area

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Placer County officials are reminding residents and visitors that fireworks of all sizes and types are illegal in unincorporated areas of the county.

The law applies to:

• Rural areas not located within the boundaries of any incorporated city or town; and

• Unincorporated communities such as Penryn, Newcastle, North Auburn, Granite Bay, Meadow Vista, Foresthill, Tahoe City, Homewood, Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach.

"Extreme drought conditions make the fire dangers extremely high this year, and we want to remind all citizens that fireworks are a common cause of summer fires," John McEldowney of the Placer County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement this week.

According to the county, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $2,000 per infraction.

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The only exception is when an agency or person requests and receives a permit from the county to host a fireworks display operated by a professional pyrotechnics company — locally, the Kings Beach and Tahoe City July 3 and 4 fireworks displays fall into this category.