Firework safety (Imperial Valley)

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – The skies will light up with red, white, and blue fireworks tomorrow night and fire departments want to make sure you and your loved ones celebrate safety when using fireworks at home. Making sure you know when and where you can use fireworks is key for a safe 4th of July.
“Fireworks are prohibited in unincorporated areas of the county, so basically all the rural areas, outside the cities, Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, etc.” said Capt. Aaron Castro who works with Imperial County Fire.

However, not all pyrotechnics are allowed, cherry bombs, helicopters, silver salutes, among others are off-limits. Basically if it blows up or goes up the air, it’s illegal, meaning you could be fined if caught using them.

“There’s few fireworks that are prohibited as far as bottle rockets, firecrackers, basically anything that you won’t get from the stands in the cities.” said Castro.

Some residents in the valley who plan on celebrating Independence Day with fireworks say they’re aware of the dangers especially with children around.

“We grew up with fireworks when we were kids so we have to make sure they are also safe.” Said Emilio Uriarte who bought fireworks for this weekend.

“Just be careful, don’t be dumb with them and light them off carefully.” said Brice Mejia who wasn’t able to buy fireworks since he was under age.

“Don’t ever run to a firework, keeping the dogs away also, making sure that everything is safe, all the surroundings, no dry brush or anything like that.” said Becky Wickline who bought fireworks for her nieces and nephews.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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