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Glendora Police on Alert for Illegal Fireworks During July Fourth

Under new municipal code, setting off fireworks is a misdemeanor punishable with a $1,000 fine or jail time.

As dusk falls each year on Fourth of July, the high-pitched squeal and boom of fireworks go off in scattered intervals throughout the night.

While fireworks are synonymous with the July Fourth holiday, they are illegal in Los Angeles County.

But that hasn’t stopped many Glendora residents from purchasing their illegal fireworks from neighboring Azusa and setting them off in various areas around Glendora during the holiday.

This year, the city has adopted a new municipal code banning all types of fireworks in Glendora, including “safe and sane” fireworks – or fireworks that do not fly or explode.

In the past, Glendora used the Los Angeles County fireworks code, but now Glendora Police can cite and prosecute violators with the city’s own code.

Violations of the city code can land an offender with a misdemeanor charge punishable with a fine of up to $1,000, or jail time up to six months.

There is good reason for the ban, said Police Chief Rob Castro. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 9,000 firework-related injuries in 2009.

“The good news is that these fires and injuries are preventable, if people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks,” Castro said in a statement.

According to Castro, most people set off fireworks along the border of the city near LA County unincorporated areas and the city of Azusa.

But the continued use of fireworks keeps Glendora Police busy from dusk until dawn on July Fourth.

From 5:30 p.m. on July 4, 2010 until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, Glendora Police responded to 59 fireworks complaint calls, wrote two misdemeanor citations for possession of dangerous fireworks and seized 29 dangerous fireworks and 95 fireworks designated as “safe and sane.”

No fatalities, injuries or damaged property were reported that night.

Although Glendora officers will closely patrol areas for violators, it is often difficult to catch the perpetrators, said Castro.

According to reports, the Animal Control Office also reports high volumes of calls on July Fourth from owners whose pets have run away, scared of the loud noises caused by the fireworks.

Castro said Glendora Police are urging residents to remember that fireworks are illegal in Glendora by placing decal signs on their patrol cars as a reminder in the days leading up to the holiday.

Castro said Glendora Mountain Road will also be closed July 4 to reduce the risk of foothill fires.

To report the use of fireworks in your area, call the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250.a

Janek June 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM
10) "Police should go after bad guys." Agreed. They don't make the laws up, they enforce them. Technically speaking, the only lawful officers should be that of the sheriffs office/department, making police officers unconstitutional. If we remember our war for independence, we fought against the British Crowns "standing armies" (read police) throughout the colonies. The Constitution relies upon individuals as a whole to police ourselves and sheriffs get their power through state constitutions. I find it odd that SWAT units equipped with battering rams, chem agents, fully automatic submachine guns, and 'flashbang' grenades roam our streets now. If there was any reason to dub America a "police state", that would certainly be it. These omnipotent armies patrolling our landscape have all but taken the place of juries and the court of law.
John Montague July 01, 2011 at 01:05 AM
WHY NOT PLACE A BAN ON THE SALES & CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN GLENDORA? Alcohol certainly kills more people than fireworks. Or, would the loss of revenue from alcohol sales & consumption be too great of a dollar loss? And by the way, how many people died in 2009 in Glendora from Alcohol related accidents vs. Firework related deaths? Humm?
Colleen July 01, 2011 at 02:00 AM
John whats not even a consideration here is the banning of alcohol... so I'm not understanding the argument you're presenting.. deal with the actual issue of some being mad at the ban of fireworks and why.. if you're going to enter alcohol into it, lets cancel new years eve as well,. thanksgiving and any other 'holiday' where people consume it. it says injuries... that doesn't necessarily mean alcohol. could be kids too.. when i was about 12 i set off a pack of firecrackers and didn't throw it quick enf.. thing exploded in my hand and burned alot of my skin off... stupid of me but whatever.. they must be seeing so many injuries that they had to.. i dont like it.. i love fireworks but what can you do???
John Montague July 01, 2011 at 06:05 AM
Okay, maybe banning Alcohol may be a bit much. So let me say one more time. Enforcing a fireworks ban on the sale and use of Safe & Sane Fireworks s not only wrong I feel it's disrespectful to all Veteran Families and Residents who previously enjoyed celebrating this historical event in the privacy of their own backyard. You mentioned what can we do? For starters we might be able to recall these alleged patriots and never re-elect them. Sounds good to me.
Steven Hanson July 01, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Are we saying that we can't appreciate our country and Veterans without a form or fire and explosions? That's kind of like saying you can't appreciate Christmas without Santa...oh wait, you can. I am currently in New Mexico where the state is overwhelmed by a fire that has destroyed over 100,000 acres and is joined by five other fires throughout the state, yet people here still want to buy and set off fireworks even though every official from the Governor down is asking people to not use them this year. This is kind of like the argument of "how many more innocent people need to be killed by guns before something more effective is done to insure public safety?" So how many more houses and forests need to catch fire and how many kids need to be injured before people realize that far too many people can't be responsible around fireworks? McDonald's Happy Meals are being banned in some places because people feel they pose a danger to children with their high calorie intake. And yet fireworks are much safer? If society is going to ask government to parent us all, let's at least be consistent.

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