The American Canyon Police Department say a man was arrested Friday for allegedly using a drone to ignite illegal fireworks.
Police say George Wise, 55 of American Canyon, was arrested and issued a misdemeanor citation for dangerous fireworks.
According to police:
Over the last several weeks, the American Canyon Police Department (ACPD) has received complaints of large booms possibly associated with illegal fireworks. On Friday June 3, 2022 at approximately 12:30AM, the American Canyon Police Department (ACPD) was dispatched to a report of illegal fireworks possibly being ignited from a drone, in the 400 block of Poppyfield Drive.
ACPD officers checked the area and observed a drone in the air and saw fireworks being ignited from it. Officers followed the drone and it landed in the 600 block of Kilpatrick Street. 55 year old George Wise of American Canyon was contacted holding the drone and he was detained. Wise admitted to igniting M-80 type explosive devices from the drone. Wise was arrested and issued a misdemeanor citation for dangerous fireworks. The drone had a device attached to it used to ignite explosive devices while in flight, it was seized for evidence.
This incident happened just days after the Old Fire broke out in Napa County, burning over 500 acres. ACPD would like to remind the community that fireworks are illegal in Napa County and in the City of American Canyon.
No other information was released.
Although American Canyon is located in Napa County, use of fireworks of any type is illegal in Contra Costa County and exceedingly dangerous during these drought conditions. Contra Costa County Fire urges anyone observing fireworks being used to report this to their local law enforcement at 1-833-885-2021 and to report all fires immediately to 911.
Con Fire’s FIU urges residents to help them fight the crime of arson across the county by calling the Arson Tip line at 1-866-50-ARSON. They caution residents not to hesitate on information that seems too little or unimportant to matter, adding some of the most valuable tips come from residents who were not aware what they saw was very important to the investigation of an incident.
At 1-866-50-ARSON, residents can leave a recorded message about fire-related criminal activity in English or Spanish. Tips can be anonymous, but all tips are treated confidentially. Fire investigators sometimes need additional information, so inclusion of name and phone number is encouraged.
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