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Local agencies respond to multiple illegal fireworks calls on 4th of July

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Jul 05 2013 08:46:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2013 10:10:16 PM CDT

There were several reports of illegal fireworks throughout the Northstate on the 4th of July.

CAL FIRE said six people were cited for illegal fireworks in Shasta County.

CAL FIRE Prevention Chief Lance Berry estimated his department got about 30 fireworks-related calls.

Berry said some of the people who were cited were from Centerville, Palo Cedro, north Anderson, and Lake Head.

In Redding, fire investigators estimated they got about 25 calls.

Three vegetation fires reportedly started from fallout from the Freedom Festival's Fireworks Show, however they were quickly contained.

There were also several reports of illegal fireworks usage from spectators as well.

Investigators said in the city of Redding they had so many calls for fireworks it was easier to confiscate them than to write a ticket so they could cover more ground.

In Butte County, CAL FIRE said they had 18 calls regarding illegal fireworks, not including the cities of Chico or Oroville.

No one was cited and no fires were reported.

In Chico, fire officials said they did not have a record of the calls they received, however they did say the Dorthy Johnson Recreation Center did sustain some damage to their basketball courts and tables.

In Tehama County, officials said they had some 25 calls from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Six fires reportedly broke out but officials said they were quickly contained.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office said they received one call.

According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office logs there were three reports of fireworks that were unfounded.

In Modoc County CAL FIRE said they did not have any fireworks related calls.