The Escondido Fire Department is launching its annual fireworks collection campaign this Monday, June 18, 2018. Escondido residents can turn in their fireworks, no questions asked, from 9 am on Friday, June 18 until 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 9 at any Escondido Fire Station.
The purpose of the Fireworks Collection Campaign is to reduce the number of fires and injuries caused by illegal fireworks. The Escondido Fire Department reminds residents that all consumer fireworks are illegal in the City of Escondido and throughout San Diego County. That includes sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and even poppers.
“Fireworks are extremely dangerous and their use can easily cause serious injuries and start fires.” said Escondido Fire Chief, Rick Vogt. “Considering the dry brush in and around Escondido, anyone thinking about buying and using illegal fireworks needs to understand the consequences. Persons negligently causing a fire to start can be held criminally and financially responsible.”
In addition to property damage, fireworks can also cause serious injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people, including children and teens, are injured every year while using consumer fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler, which burns at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause critical injuries and pose a serious fire hazard. Additionally, the NFPA states that nationally two out of five fires reported on Independence Day are started by fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the FREE professional fireworks show that will be held in Grape Day Park. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and the fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. This community event features live music, food vendors, and activities. To learn more about the City’s Independence Day festival and fireworks show, visit artcenter.org/event/independence-day-festival-fireworks.
For more information, Escondido residents are encouraged to call the Escondido Fire Department at (760) 839-5400. Residents of other cities are encouraged to contact their own local Fire Departments for more information about fireworks in their jurisdictions.