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Firework booths open Friday

Six non-profit groups across Colusa County will sell fireworks starting Friday for a week leading up to the Independence Day Celebration. 

Volunteers will brave the heat and sell fireworks dubbed “safe and sane” and bear the seal of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 

According to CalFire, fireworks illegal in the State of California include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, as well as other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

“I enjoy barbecuing and watching fireworks with my family on the Fourth of July; however the illegal fireworks have gotten out of hand,” said Arbuckle Fire Chief Casey Cox. 

For a fifth year in a row, the Arbuckle Fire District has issued a warning about illegal fireworks and cracking down on those who break the law. 

“Last year we cited a number of individuals and confiscated several illegal fireworks,” said Cox. 

Not only is the concern for illegal fireworks the noise nuisance, but the possible hazard if used. 

“Illegal fireworks can cause property damage, and even the loss of life if used improperly,” said Cox. “What people also don’t realize is that while we are battling a blaze caused from negligent use of a fireworks that it can cause serious delays for other emergencies.”

A few seconds of sparkle and ‘boom’ isn’t worth it, said Cox. 

Safety Tips:

• Check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use.

• Make sure the firework has the state fire marshal’s “safe and sane” seal.

• Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell fireworks.

• Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at launching site.

• Read all instructions before use.

• Dispose of used fireworks in water.

• Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks.

• Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

Booth locations:

Arbuckle: Kitty-corner from the Arbuckle Post Office on 5th Street between Amanda St. and King St. The booth is hosted by the Arbuckle Methodist Church.

Colusa: Located in the shopping center on Bridge Street. This location is hosted by the Our Lady of Lourdes School.

Colusa: Located at the corner of 10th and Market Sts.. This location is hosted by Charity Baptist Church.

Colusa: Located across the street from Jeff’s Frezette on 10th St.. This location is hosted by the Friends of Music for Colusa Unified School District.

Colusa: Located in the parking lot of Country Stop on Fremont St. This location is hosted by the Colusa Police Officer’s Association.

Maxwell: In the parking lot of Caldwell’s Mini Mart on the corner of Vine St. and Old Highway 99. The booth is hosted by DBC ‘Donations by Cheri’ and will benefit the Maxwell Town Pool and Teacher supplies.

Williams: Located at the Shell Station on the corner of E and Vann Sts. The booth is hosted by the Williams High School Cheerleaders.

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