Local fire departments crack down on illegal fireworks

Fireworks in a Saint James City caused a brush fire on Tuesday night for the Fourth of July. Crews put out the fire quickly

The fire department claimed illegal fireworks started a fire at a residential building Tuesday night.

All the occupants of the multi-family home made it out safely.

"If they leave the ground or explode, they're illegal", Hare said as he browsed the shelves of fireworks at a tent near South Parker Road and Jewell Avenue.

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials estimate they respond to almost 500 fireworks incidents annually. Fire investigators believe sparks ignited bushes near the house and that those bushes smoldered for some time, Bridges said.

According to the department, the fire spread from the trash can to a nearby wall and the home's attic.

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LFR said the estimated damage is $50,000 total and it was started from fireworks hitting the roof.

Hersheypark apologized for the cancellation, and the town thanked its fire department for containing the fire so quickly.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, neighbors sprung into action when they noticed flames coming from a home in the 2000 block of Surfside Drive near Capitol Beach.

No injuries were reported at either fire.

Officers found extensive evidence of fireworks in the street outside the apartment, but Sgt. Daron Wyatt said no one would identify who was setting them off. "As firefighters worked to put the fire out, the party continued their use of the illegal fireworks".

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