By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Colorado River Tri-State: People prepare to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4, 2021 by lining up to buy safe and healthy fireworks at local fireworks stands in the area of Needles, California.
Ignite those sparkling bursts of joy to celebrate uniting people together in celebration, but if not done responsibly, that celebration can turn into destruction or even death.
Late on the evening of Saturday July 4, 2020, irresponsibility and possible lawlessness sparked two wildfires in Needles, California, including at Jack Smith Memorial Park and right next to a fireworks display near the corner. from North K Street and Needles Highway, and another wildfire just west of the Fort Mojave Indian Health Center in Mohave Valley, Arizona.
The three wildfires occurred within minutes of each other, and firefighters from the Sam Bernardino County Fire Department as well as the Mohave Valley Fire Department responded to these wildfires along with the station. Colorado River from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Police Department and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
ZachNews photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed through the evening as wildfires landed above the scanner, and was filmed as firefighters and law enforcement responded to the three reported wildfires .
Those responsible for the second day of the wildfires had fireworks fired from these locations at Jack Smith Memorial Park and just west of the Fort Mojave Indian Health Center.
Even when Independence Day 2020 was over, fireworks can still start fires any day of the year.
On Friday September 11, 2020, a large wildfire occurred near the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Friday September 11, 2020.
ZachNews has learned from authorities that the cause of the blaze was a human cause relayed by fireworks.
Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station (Courtesy)
The Colorado River Station and the City of Needles in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department remind local residents and the public that only safe and healthy fireworks are allowed in the City of Needles; if it steals or explodes, it is illegal.
All fireworks are illegal in unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, California.
According to the Colorado River Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks and those found in possession can be arrested.
In addition, people using fireworks may face civil liability for the damage they cause.
Photo: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy)
Just across the Colorado River, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is also reminding local residents and the public of a few things you need to know about what is and is not allowed in Mohave County, Arizona. , regarding fireworks.
There are currently restrictions on fires and fireworks in Mohave County, Arizona due to the very high fire danger.
On Sunday, May 6, 2021, the Mohave County Emergency and Risk Management Department issued a fire emergency determination for the four Mohave County fire zones.
The bans relate to open fires, campfires and the permitted use of fireworks by consumers in unincorporated areas of Mohave County.
These restrictions include sparkling ground and handheld devices, cylindrical fountains, conical fountains, flashlights, wheels, ground propellers, sparklers, or drenched sticks.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, under Revised Arizona Law (ARS) 36-1602, it is illegal to sell, offer or display for sale, use, detonate or own fireworks.
This includes anything designed or intended to rise into the air and detonate or detonate in the air, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, air rockets, aerial weathervanes, Roman candles and many more. ‘other.
These items are not licensed for use or held in Mohave County, Arizona.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, anyone violating this ban could be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor, as well as fines of up to $ 750 and / or possible jail time. Anyone residing within city limits should review their city’s fireworks ordinances.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has also put in place fire restrictions on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management due to the high risk of fire.
These restrictions include the use of fireworks, explosive targets and incendiary devices.
Remember that there is nothing wrong with celebrating responsibly, but celebrating irresponsibly and carelessly will only cause unwanted problems, especially if there is injury or damage caused by irresponsible people and careless.
So before you start celebrating our wonderful country and our freedoms, please take a moment to make sure you are responsible and prepared.
Do not light fireworks near anything that may catch fire such as dry vegetation or wooden structures; this includes flashing fireworks towards houses, in dry vegetation or next to a fireworks stand.
Do not light fireworks at people or pets.
If your pets are scared of fireworks, be sure to put them indoors in a safe and comfortable place for your pets.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and a garden hose nearby in case of fire.
Make sure you have a first aid kit nearby in case someone is accidentally injured.
Remember to call 911 in an emergency; make sure you stay calm, know where you are calling from, what emergency responders you need, and provide the correct information and location of where the emergency is.
ZachNews would like to thank everyone who served in our military; thank you all for fighting to protect our freedoms and protect our lives from harm, as well as all of our emergency responders including firefighters, law enforcement and paramedics who respond to emergency calls such as fires every day, risking their lives to protect our lives.
May we all give our love, support and respect to all who serve our community, protecting and saving lives.
Thank you, and please have a safe, drink responsibly, and be responsible for Independence Day 2021.