Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks confirmed Tuesday that over the 4th of July Holiday weekend, they received a total of 203 complaints from the community regarding illegal fireworks.
Between July 4-7, officers issued a total of 6 citations after they up-staffed to ensure public safety.
Prior to the holiday, Antioch Police and Contra Costa County Fire reminded the public that fireworks were illegal in the City of Antioch and Contra Costa County and those not following the law could be subject to a fine.
“Depending on the type and amount of fireworks possessed, offenders could face fines of up to $5,000 and possible imprisonment,” said Chief Tammany Brooks, Antioch Police Department. “We encourage everyone to obey the law, not only for their safety, and the safety of everyone around them, but also to avoid the potentially negative life impacts a fireworks arrest can cause.”
Contra Costa County Fire reported that on July 4, over a 6 hour period, they responded to 37 fires. They also stated that 5 of them were confirmed linked to fireworks, but noted it was likely the majority, if not all, were results of fireworks.
In the video below, fireworks off Wildhorse resulted in multiple spot fires from a firework explosion.