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Illegal Fireworks Set Off Nightly In Bay Area

Bay Area resident hangs up sign telling people to stop setting off the fireworks at night.

SAN FRANCISCO—Nightly fireworks are being set off across the Bay Area a week before the Fourth of July. Local residents indicated that in the last 10 days, they have been woken up in the middle of the night by extremely loud noises. Some say at first that they were unsure if the noises were fireworks or something else.

Bay Area resident Gideon, who declined to give her last name told KRON 4, “The earliest I heard them go off is 10 o’clock at night. I’ve heard them as late as one or two o’clock in the morning and it sounds like fireworks, explosions, bombs, gunshots, breaking glass, it sounds like danger.”

The San Francisco Police Department is reminding everyone that fireworks are illegal in the Bay Area, including those branded as “Safe and Sane.” The use of illegal fireworks can result in a citation between $270 to $350. Residents of the Bay Area are asking people to be considerate of their neighbors, scaring pets and small children, during these unprecedented times.

Mayor Marilyn Eddy Ashcraft told KRON 4 News that if anyone is involved in nightly fireworks, that the fireworks be seized and “find another outlet for your energy” to allow for emergency response teams to focus on issues dealing with the pandemic.

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