Ahead of the July 4th weekend, officials in Garden Grove are cracking down on illegal fireworks by issuing a $1,000 fine to those who violate the law. Vikki Vargas reports from Garden Grove for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on June 20, 2012.
Police in Orange County will be cracking down on illegal fireworks ahead of the July 4th holiday, reminding residents of a $1,000 fine associated with the summer staples.
Last year, officers wrote three times as many citations as they did in 2010 and 25 fireworks-related injuries were reported, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
Garden Grove Fire Marshall Tom Keller said officials hope the fine will get people’s attention.
“The only way those numbers can go down is if people think twice before lighting illegal fireworks, or be prepared to pay a $1,000 fine,” Keller said.
The fine can also be issued to people who misuse or tamper with legal fireworks.
In an attempt to minimize the opportunity for crowds gathering for amateur fireworks shows, Garden Grove will close all parks, schools and large parking lots at 5 p.m. on July 4th.
As an additional deterrent they will also activate park sprinkler systems before dark.
For more information, please call the Garden Grove Fireworks Hotline at (714) 741-5270.