Bakersfield Fire Department cracking down on illegal fireworks

FILE - A fireworks stand is seen July 3, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Fourth of July is approaching, and Bakersfield fire officials want to remind you that you'll be fined for using illegal fireworks.

Use of such fireworks could result in up to a $1,000 fine.

The Bakersfield Fire Department will be hosting a voluntary drop-off event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 3 for illegal fireworks. People can turn in the fireworks, no questions asked, at any city fire station.

The BFD is also manning a hotline at which people can report illegal firework use: (661) 868-6070. The hotline is in operation 7 p.m. to midnight July 3 and 4.

Cal Fire says the state has zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks, which include:

  • Sky rockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Aerial shells
  • Firecrackers
  • Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

MORE | Fireworks safety tips from Cal Fire

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