By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Colorado River Tri-State: People are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 by lining up to purchase some safe and sane fireworks from local fireworks stands in the Needles, California area.
Lighting off those sparkling flashes of joy to celebrate unite people together in celebration, but if not done responsibly, that celebration can turn into destruction or even death.
Late in the evening on Saturday, July 4th, 2020, irresponsibility and possible lawlessness caused two vegetation fires in Needles, California, including at Jack Smith Memorial Park and just next to a fireworks stand near the corner of North K Street and Needles Highway, and another vegetation fire just west of the Fort Mojave Indian Health Center in Mohave Valley, Arizona.
All three vegetation fires occurring within minutes from each other, and firefighters from the Sam Bernardino County Fire Department as well as Mohave Valley Fire Department responded to these vegetation fires as well as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Police Department and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed through the evening as the vegetation fires came in over the scanner, and captured on camera as firefighters and law enforcement responded to all three reported vegetation fires.
Officials day two of the vegetation fires had fireworks shooting off from those locations at Jack Smith Memorial Park and just west of the Fort Mojave Indian Health Center well the vegetation fire just next to the fireworks stand was also caused by fireworks.
Even when Independence Day 2020 was over, fireworks can still cause fires any day of the year.
On Friday, September 11th 2020, a large vegetation fire that occurred near the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Friday, September 11th 2020.
ZachNews learned from officials the cause of the fire was human cause relayed to fireworks.
Picture: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Courtesy)
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and City of Needles remind the local residents and the public that only safe and sane fireworks are allowed in the City of Needles; if it flies or explodes, it is illegal.
All fireworks are illegal in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County California.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies from the will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks and those found in possession may be subject to arrest.
Also, persons using fireworks can face civil liability for damage they cause.
Picture: 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 in regards to what is and is not allowed in Mohave County, Arizona in regards to fireworks.
There are currently fire and fireworks restrictions in place in Mohave County, Arizona due to the very high fire danger.
On Sunday, May 6th, 2021, the Mohave County Risk and Emergency Management Department has issued a Determination of Fire Emergency for all four Fire Zones in Mohave County.
The prohibitions relate to open fires, campfires, and permissible consumer fireworks use in the unincorporated areas of Mohave County.
These restrictions includes ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinner, wire sparklers or dipped sticks.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Per Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 36-1602, it is unlawful to sell, offer or expose for sale, use, explode or possess any fireworks.
This includes anything that is designed or intended to rise into the air and explode or to detonate in the air including firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, aerial spinners, roman candles, and many others.
These items are not authorized for use or possession in Mohave County, Arizona.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, anyone in violation of this prohibition could be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor, as well as fines up to $750 and/or possible jail time. Anyone residing inside city limits should review their city’s fireworks ordinances.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has also implemented fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management managed lands due to high fire danger.
These restrictions include fireworks usage, exploding targets, and incendiary devices.
Remember there’s nothing wrong with celebrating responsibly, but celebrating irresponsibly and carelessly will only cause unwanted trouble, especially if there’s any injuries or damages caused by irresponsible and careless.
So before you light off in celebrating our wonderful country and our freedoms, please take a moment to make sure you’re responsible and prepare.
Do not to light fireworks near anything that can catch on fire such as dry vegetation or wooden structures; this includes lightning fireworks towards homes, in dry vegetation or next to a fireworks stand.
Do not to light fireworks towards people or pets.
If your pets get frightened by fireworks, please make sure to put your pets inside where it’s safe and comfortable for your pets.
Make sure to have near by a fire extinguisher and water hose in case of any fires.
Make sure to have near by a first aid kit in case somebody gets accidentlly injured.
Remember, call 911 for an emergency; please make sure to remain calm, stay where you are calling from, what emergency responders you are needing, and provide the correct information and location of where the emergency is located.
ZachNews would like to thank all of the people who’ve served in our military; thank you all for fighting to protect our freedoms and protecting our lives from evil, 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 everyday to all who service our community, protecting and saving lives.
Thank you, and please have a safe, drink responsibly and be responsible for Independence Day 2021.