The Turlock Fire Department wants Turlock citizens and the community to have a happy and safe 4th of July. Turlock Fire wants to remind citizens that only fireworks with the State Fire Marshal approval are legal to use in the City of Turlock.
Fireworks that fly into the air or explode are considered illegal and are highly dangerous. With the weather forecast of temperatures in the mid 90’s and low humidity all fireworks can be especially dangerous.
Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman said that the City of Turlock will have a special task force made up of Fire and Police personnel patrolling Turlock neighborhoods and looking for illegal fireworks.
If a person is caught with illegal fireworks they will be confiscated and a ticket may be issued.
The punishment for possessing less than 25 pounds of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor. If anyone is caught possessing more than 25 pounds of illegal fireworks, the punishment is misdemeanor and the punishment may be one year in county jail and/or a $750 to $5,000 fine.
A citizen that wants to report illegal fireworks may call 668-1200 and provide information to the dispatch center.
4th of July Safety Tips
Independence Day is right around the corner and Turlock Fire Department has devised a list of safety tips to help you and your families have a safe and sane 4th of July!
• Fireworks should always be used with extreme caution and should only be handled by adults.
• Before using any fireworks, read and follow all warnings and instructions printed on the label.
• Fireworks are only to be lit outdoors, in a clear area away from structures (houses, buildings) and flammable materials (gasoline cans, lighter fluid, etc.)
• Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for dousing fireworks that do not ignite.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially glass or metal containers.
• Store fireworks in a dry and cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Only State Fire Marshal approved Safe and Sane Fireworks are allowed.
• Piccolo Pete’s and/or Whistling Pete’s are illegal in the City of Turlock, as are any fireworks that have been modified or altered. This includes fireworks which fly into the air or explode. If you are found with these type of fireworks you may be cited with a misdemeanor or infraction.