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Illegal fireworks keep fire, police personnel busy
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The use of illegal fireworks, like those that go up into the air and explode, has the potential to cause injury, property damage and result in a hefty fine. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock Fire and Police departments issued a total of 39 citations during a four-day holiday period for people using illegal fireworks.

Additionally, between 25 to 30 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley. Some of those confiscated were Piccolo Petes, which though they are marked with the Safe and Sane logo, are illegal to use in Turlock. None of the people caught using Piccolo Petes were issued citations, Parmley said. Rather the encounters were used to educate, he said.

Between July 2 to July 6, the police department issued nine citations for using illegal fireworks, seven of which were issued on the Fourth of July. The fire department issued 30 citations, some of which are being mailed.

Dispatched logged more than 100 calls on July 4 reporting the use of illegal fireworks in the city.