The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District reported that over the weekend, their amnesty program allowing anyone within the District to turn in fireworks without questions asked, resulted in 25-lbs of fireworks being turned in.
The district stated that some of the fireworks turned in, if caught by police, would have resulted in felony charges.
The District held three Firework Take Back Events over the weekend at each station in Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Oakley.
All fireworks are illegal in East Contra Costa Fire Protection District to include so-called safe and sane ones.
“Fireworks are illegal and dangerous both for the people who use them and, in our current high-fire-risk conditions, for everyone around them,” said Brian Helmick, Fire Chief, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. “This program gives our citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of fireworks before they can cause injury, wildfires or worse.”
Below is our podcast episode we had with Fire Marshal Steve Aubert.