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CAL FIRE: 'Small fire from inexpensive fireworks could cost thousands'

Published On: Jul 04 2013 09:22:10 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2013 11:36:21 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

CAL FIRE did not take a holiday on Independence Day. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is keeping a close eye on unauthorized fireworks.

They seized a large amount of fireworks on Wednesday night in Anderson.

Fire officials said these are the types that are problematic, especially when people take these exploding devices out into their neighborhoods. Officials said the big, planned shows are what they are least concerned about.

This year, there haven’t been as many issues as years past.

"I think the heat has kept a lot of the people inside so we've had less fireworks issues so far, and we hope that continues,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Lance Berry. “Not that much on the fire activity, really. It's so dang hot, everybody stays inside."

Fire officials said that while a small firework can cost a person as little as $2.00, the cost of a fire sparking up from these man-made explosives can be brutal.

They say it is an estimated $2,500 to fight a half-acre blaze. Each individual fire engine will cost a few hundred dollars to operate. $2,500 more can be tacked on if air support is needed.

Additionally, CAL FIRE said you can throw on roughly $250 for a misdemeanor citation, and that does not include court fees.