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Shasta County fire officials remind residents: No fireworks!

Published On: Jul 03 2013 08:06:23 PM CDT

Many people celebrate the fourth of July with fireworks. But it’s important to remember those fireworks are forbidden in Shasta county.

The reason is because fireworks have caused a lot of trouble in the past.

CAL FIRE says last year there were four deaths in the U.S due to fireworks, in addition to more than 9,000 serious injuries.

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Dan Hebrard said the majority of people are just not responsible with fireworks and can cause danger to not only themselves but also the people around them.

"You look at a sparkler, it’s 1,800 degrees at the tip,” said Hebrard. “It’s like letting your kid run around with a welding rod. Would you let your kid run around with a welding rod? No. That's essentially what you’re doing if you let your kid run around with a sparkler.”

CAL FIRE also said about 20,000 fires were started state-wide last year due to fireworks.

They say they will be patrolling different areas through the Fourth of July holiday.