FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RIPON FIRE AND POLICE TEAMING UP TO COMBAT ILLEGAL FIREWORKS WITH “SUPPORT & REPORT” CAMPAIGN
RiponCA: The Ripon Consolidated Fire Department and the Ripon Police Department are teaming up, to combat the hazard of illegal fireworks. Police and Fire personnel are encouraging citizens to “SUPPORT a safe and sane Fourth of July & REPORT” illegal fireworks use.
Teams of combined Police and Fire Department personnel will respond to reports of illegal fireworks, before, during and after the Fourth of July. The goal of the teams will be to curb the usage of illegal fireworks by citing or arresting those responsible.
Only Safe and Sane Fireworks, like those typically sold at local fireworks booths, are legal. Any fireworks that have been modified, are home-made, or that can be shot into the air, are illegal in California. Some types of illegal fireworks may be considered illegal explosives, and persons in possession of these items can be arrested. Any misuses of fireworks, such as displaying lit fireworks on any structure like a fence, or ladder are prohibited.
The combined teams of Police and Fire Department personnel will be making personal contact with local businesses and residences where illegal fireworks have reportedly been launched in the past. Informational reports will be generated by the police department, documenting these visits. This documentation will be utilized to support prosecutions, should persons be cited or arrested on the Fourth of July.
Your local Police and Fire Department personnel would like this Fourth of July to be a safe and sane event. Ripon citizens are being asked to both support a safe and sane Fourth of July, and to report any known locations where illegal fireworks have traditionally been used. Citizens can report locations that have traditionally used illegal fireworks in the past, by calling the Ripon Police Department information tip line at 599-RTIP (599-7847). Remember, “SUPPORT a safe and sane Fourth of July & REPORT” illegal fireworks use.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336