As Independence Day creeps closer, it is important that South City residents stave off the urge to set off fireworks.
Because there is no better way to put a damper on one's Fourth of July celebration than being cited by police for illegally setting off fireworks, which will lead to the fireworks being confiscated, as well as a citation and likely a fine.
In an attempt to prevent injuries and fires, the South San Francisco Police Department reminds residents that the use or sale of fireworks is illegal within city limits.
, in the past.
According to a city report, fireworks were responsible for causing $36 million in property damages, 60 injuries and eight deaths across the nation in 2010.
And last year, there was a .
In order to stamp out the use of fireworks over the course of the next few days, the police department will beef up patrol units focusing on cracking down on those who elect to ignore the city's anti-fireworks ordinance.
And there is no legal exception for those who attempt to use the fireworks marketed as "safe and sane."
"All fireworks, including safe and sane encountered over the 4th of July holiday period, will be confiscated. Individuals using safe and sane fireworks run the risk of being cited and the fireworks confiscated," said the city report.
For those folks who just can't celebrate Fourth of July without fireworks, the SSFPD reminds the avid firework fan to , where certain fireworks are allowed.
But rather than run of the risk of breaking the law, police encourage residents to instead visit a nearby aerial celebration.
For a guide of where to go for nearby fireworks celebrations, .
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