Contra Costa County Fire said it has fined at least 22 people for fireworks related violations and police departments in Antioch, Oakley and Pittsburg confirmed citations and confiscated fireworks.
According to Steve Hill, CONFIRE spokesman, dating back to May 26, they have made 8 citations for firework related sales and 14 people have been cited for fireworks possession. They have also removed 636 pounds of illegal fireworks from the street.
In the City of Antioch, Police Chief Tammany Brooks said they received 416 calls for fireworks between July 2 at 6:00 pm to July 4 at 11:59pm. The Antioch Police Department issued 1 citation during that time period, but were dealing with other issues which included a shooting.
In the City of Pittsburg, Captain Steve Albanese reports that during their July 4 evening proactive detail, they had over 250 fireworks complaints and issued a total of 17 citations related to fireworks. They also confiscated a large amount of illegal fireworks during the evening. No arrests were made. On July 3, Pittsburg Police also reported that they located a stash of M-1000’s and other fireworks inside an Ice Cream truck and issued a citation.
City of Oakley Interim City Manager Josh McMurray reported they had 141 total fireworks complaints (down 20% from last year) and will be issuing approximately 40 citations that will be going out in the mail. They also collected a small amount of fireworks.
In the City of Brentwood, Police Lt. Mark Louwerens, he said they worked with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshals during the night and that they did not issue citations, but rather, allowed the fire department to determine if a citation or warning was warranted. He said 2 citations were issued.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Details/Timelines:
- May 26, 2021: Email sent to all Law Enforcement Evidence and Property Division outlining how the Fire District will collect confiscated fireworks from each agency in accordance with the CALFIRE guidelines.
- May 26, 2021: Vegetation fire on the campus of Diablo Valley College. Fire originated from two teenage juveniles throwing fireworks from a vehicle. Juveniles were detained and turned over to their parents. Illegal fireworks were confiscated. The case will be forwarded to the juvenile district attorney and the District’s juvenile fire setter program.
- May 27, 2021: Email to all Law Enforcement Patrol commanders outlining FIU functions with firework enforcement and our willingness to assist all LE partners in the District with firework related cases.
- May 27, 2021: Email sent to county wide VSET (multi agency proactive enforcement team) outlining FIU functions with firework enforcement and our willingness to assist all LE partners in the District with firework related cases.
- May 31, 2021: Structure fire at an apartment complex in the city of Antioch. FIU investigation determined that the fire started as a result of an illegal firework being tossed into a field next the apartment building. A male was arrested at the scene for the fire that displaced 40 residents, fireworks possession, and being a felon in possession of a ghost gun.
- June 11, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of fireworks in the city of Pittsburg. The original “buy” led Investigators to two additional residences in the city of Pittsburg. 194 pounds of illegal fireworks were recovered and confiscated. Two subjects were cited on a later date.
- June 15, 2021: Structure fire on the rear patio of an apartment complex in San Pablo. FIU investigation determined that the fire started as a result illegal fireworks, 5 inch mortars, were being launched from the patio by a 16-year-old resident. 6 pounds of additional fireworks were recovered and confiscated. The case will be forwarded to the juvenile district attorney and the CONFIRE’s juvenile fire setter program.
- June 17, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of illegal fireworks in the city of Antioch. 16 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated at the buy/bust location. The seller was on active Parole for robbery. A request for a parole violation on scene was not successful. He was cited and released at the scene.
- June 21, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of fireworks in the city of Concord. 90 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated at the buy/bust location. The seller was on active Probation for robbery. He was cited and released at the scene.
- July 2, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of fireworks in the city of Hercules. The original “buy” led Investigators to two additional residences in the city of Hercules. 157 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated. Two subjects were cited and released from the scene.
- July 2, 2021: FIU Investigator assisted Pittsburg Police Officers with proactive patrol in the city of Pittsburg for illegal fire work possession and sales. PPD cite released several individuals and recovered a gun during the enforcement efforts.
- July 3, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of fireworks in the city of Brentwood. 3 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated at the buy/bust location. The seller was cited and released at the scene.
- July 3, 2021: FIU conducted a buy/bust of fireworks in the city of Brentwood. The Antioch resident insisted on meeting in Brentwood. After the buy/bust, Investigators recovered additional illegal fireworks at his residence in Antioch. 101 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated. The seller was cited and released at the scene.
- July 4, 2021: Because of the historically disproportionate number of fireworks-related calls in the city of Antioch, FIU focused proactive enforcement in this area. Ten citations were issued on the night of the 4th and 70 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated. Many contacts were made where citations could not be issued so investigators provided education about the dangers and illegality of fireworks. Some were receptive to the information, most were not.
- 85 pounds of Illegal fireworks were turned in from the public to the District
Contra Costa County Fire says more data is expected to be available next week as they are still collecting fireworks from law enforcement agencies around the county.
Here is the call log ECT tracked July 4 in East Contra Costa County ONLY, which included a shooting in the City of Antioch:
- 9:05 pm – Saint Francis Drive, Antioch: report of lawn on fire
- 9:12 pm – William Way & Crestview, Pittsburg: vegetation fire caused by fireworks
- 9:15 pm – Balfour & John Muir Parkway, Brentwood: outside fire
- 9:28 pm – Marina Plaza, Antioch, firefighters responding to a possible heart attack
- 9:28 pm – E 17th St & Somers St, Pittsburg – Outside fire
- 9:30 pm – H St & W 9th St, Antioch – fire in the roadway
- 9:30 pm – Putter Street, Pittsburg – shed on fire between homes
- 9:34 pm – Castlewood Dr & Railroad, Pittsburg – vehicle fire
- 9:38 pm – Railroad & W Buchanan, Pittsburg – sidewalk fire near apt building
- 9:39 pm – Madrid Ct, Antioch – Vehicle fire
- 9:41 pm – W 5th St & J St, Antioch – grass on fire next to homes
- 9:44 pm – Crestview, Pittsburg – vehicle crash w/code 3 response
- 9:45 pm – Ross Circle, Martinez — 2nd Alarm Fire w/multiple houses involved. 2nd alarm response later cancelled.
- 9:49 pm – Deems St, Pittsburg rear side of house on fire after fireworks
- 9:55 pm – Kay Court, Oakley — grass on fire in neighbors yard heading to home
- 9:59 pm – Lilac Lane, Antioch – vehicle crash
- 10:00 pm – Harbor St near Buchanan, Pittsburg – box of fireworks still burning in the park
- 10:02 pm – Concord Blvd at Kirker Pass, Concord – fire unknown type
- 10:03 pm – Montera Drive, Antioch — 23 y/o male w/major injuries from barb wire
- 10:06 pm – Contra Loma, Antioch multiple fires on dam side of Contra Loma Reservoir. Fire on both sides of canal.
- 10:09 pm – Tabora Apartments off James Donlon, Antioch – small spot fires
- 10:10 – E 18th & Viera, Antioch – residential house fire… roof on fire
- 10:11 pm – Canyon Oak Cir, Pittsburg – open field on fire behind homes. Size of two cars at this time.
- 10:15 pm – 4700 block of Lone Tree, Antioch – vegetation fire
- 10:18 pm – Dover Way, Pittsburg – vegetation fire
- 10:21 pm – Pawnee Drive & Prewett Ranch Drive, Antioch – Gunshot wound victim
- 10:24 pm – 1300 block Loveridge, Pittsburg – vegetation fire
- 10:28 pm – W 5th St, Antioch. Residential Structure fire, flames from roof.
- 10:34 pm – 1500 block Hillcrest, Antioch – 40ft to 50ft of vegetation fire
- 10:42 pm – W 4th St, Antioch – tree on fire
- 10:44 pm – Andrew Ave, Pittsburg – residential structure fire
- 10:54 pm – H Street, Antioch – exterior fire. Small grass fire.
- 10:55 pm – Serrana Court, Pittsburg – tanbark fire now possibly out
- 11:00 pm – W 4th St & I Street, Antioch – fence fire
- 11:04 pm – W 5th St at K Street, Antioch – solo vehicle crash
- 11:05 pm – Delta Fair Blvd, Antioch – dumpster fire behind social security building
- 11:11 pm – Riverside Dr & San Joaquin, Bay Point – fire in the park
- 11:16 pm – Braemar & Hidden Glen, Antioch – vegetation fire
- 11:22 pm – James Donlon & Somersville Antioch, vegetation fire
- 11:27 pm – San Marco across of Willow Pass – vehicle crash blocking lane, 1 person took off running.
- 12:01 am – normal CONFIRE/ECCFPD operations have resumed.
- 12:05 am – Grangnelli Ave, Antioch – small grass fire
- 12:09 am – Linden Way & Spanos, Antioch – exterior fire
- 12:24 am – Dover & W Leland, Pittsburg – outside fire