Lighting fireworks at home is illegal in Contra Costa County, officials are reminding everyone. It's also against the law to buy them in other counties and smuggle them over the border.
Fireworks can be dangerous when not operated by professionals, fire officials say. This year's dry conditions and high fire danger make it even more important that residents follow the law regarding fireworks.
More than 8,000 people per year, mostly children under the age of 15, are injured from fireworks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The injuries are usually burns on the hands, eyes and head.
Fire officials encourage residents to attend organized events this Fourth of July. There will be a fireworks display at San Ramon Central Park at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Residents attending these events should be mindful of their pets, officials warn, because animals have sensitive ears and can get scared or stressed around loud noises.
To report the sale and use of illegal fireworks or explosives, contact the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Prevention Division at 838-6600.