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The day after the Fourth of July: Trash to pick up, citations to pay

Trash is left behind Thursday, July 5, 2018, at The Park at River Walk in Bakersfield, Calif., the morning after a community fireworks show. (KBAK/KBFX photo/ Claudette Stefanian)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The day after the Fourth of July leaves trash to be picked up and some folks with citations to pay for using illegal fireworks.

Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief John Frando told Eyewitness News that firefighters handed out 48 citations on Wednesday night to people shooting off banned fireworks.

He also said the illegal fireworks hotline fielded more than 1,000 calls.

Meanwhile, those who celebrated the holiday with the community fireworks show at The Park at River Walk left behind lots of trash for workers to collect Thursday morning.

Dianne Hoover, the director of the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department, said they have three times the normal amount of staff at the park, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash.

She said crews placed 18 more trash cans in the park and added two more large roll-offs before the event.

New Advances for People with Disabilities volunteered to help park staff with their cleaning duties, Hoover said.

She anticipated having the park clean by the afternoon.

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