Safe and Sane fireworks allowed for a 20 hour period on July 4
The council approved an emergency ordinance restricting and limiting the use of fireworks from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 to 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 5. The city prohibits the use of all fireworks between today and Oct. 31 except for the 20 hours designated.
At the June 6 meeting, Susanville Fire Chief Stu Ratner in staff report and again in the June 20 staff report wrote, “Presently there exists in the city of Susanville and surrounding areas the low humidity and dry conditions that also exist throughout the region, and the necessity to preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the city of Susanville by taking all necessary measures for the prevention of fires.”
Fireworks are prohibited in the rest of Lassen County.
Fireworks stands will be limited to selling safe and sane fireworks from noon until 8 p.m., on June 28 and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on June 29-July 5 and 8 a.m. until noon on July 6.
Ratner said after the meeting local retailers have already been selling fireworks, which are really considered party poppers, a safer class than even safe and sane fireworks.
At the June 6 meeting, Ratner said the number of people bringing illegal fireworks into Lassen County has increased. He said in recent years fires have been caused by both illegal and safe and sane fireworks.
“You could probably see a better show in the Wal-Mart parking lot than you can at the fairgrounds,” said Ratner.
Based on SFD’s fire reports, Ratner suggested at the June 6 meeting the council might be in the best interest for the city to ban the sales and use of all fireworks in the city, except for the above ground display at the Lassen County Fairgrounds on July 4.
He said because volunteerism isn’t what it used to be, the staffing at the fire department is low, and without the proper number of people to help control average usage of fireworks, it could look like a war zone around the city.
At the June 6 meeting, the council continued the issue to the June 20 meeting so staff could verify the potential danger of unchecked fireworks usage.
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