Victorville Task Force to Conduct Fireworks Sweeps

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG: Victorville, Calif. – Today the City of Victorville issued an announcement that a task force consisting of Sheriff’s Department Deputies, City Code Enforcement Officers, and City Animal Control Officers will conduct sweeps throughout the City to locate and cite users of fireworks. The City reminded residents that all fireworks, even those considered safe and sane, are prohibited by the Victorville Municipal Code.  Violators identified in these sweeps will be fined up to $1,000 and could receive up to six months in jail.

The task force was created in response to a noticed increase in firework activity which recently is believed to have resulted in a fire that consumed shrubs and trees and came dangerously close to private residences on the evening of Friday, June 15, 2018, near the intersection of Amethyst and Luna Roads.  In addition to the threat of fire, fireworks can also trigger episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder in some of our veterans as well as causing extreme distress for pets.  Residents of Victorville are asked to extend courtesy to each other by adhering to the Municipal Code and refraining from illegal firework use.

“In our dry, desert climate; fireworks are a fire hazard; and each year thousands of people are injured by commercial fireworks across the country*,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia.  “We caution everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals.”

The sweeps will begin this Friday, June 22, 2018.  A second series of sweeps are planned for the following weekend, with a third sweep to be conducted on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.  The public is encouraged to report offenders by calling Victorville Police Dispatch at (760) 956-5001 and providing an address for responders to investigate.  Dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

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