For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, S-6, BPD, (510) 981-5881

FOURTH OF JULY IN THE CITY OF BERKELEY
Residents encouraged to enjoy the marina; fireworks prohibition will be strictly enforced in this dry fire season

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 03, 2007) - Berkeley residents are being reminded that especially in this dry fire season, there are no safe fireworks.

"The Marina is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July safely," said Berkeley Fire Marshal Gil Dong. "But right now, it's hot and dry, and fireworks aren't safe."

The ban against fireworks will be strictly enforced, according to the Berkeley Fire Department and the Berkeley Police Department. So-called "Safe and Sane" fireworks, including sparklers, are also prohibited and are a fire hazard.

Between 2003-2005, there were five building and outdoor fires caused by fireworks in the City of Berkeley. An average of seven people are killed annually as a direct result of fireworks in California.

The City of Berkeley invites the public to an exciting day of activities on July 4th at the Berkeley Marina.  There is no charge for admission to this alcohol-free event, which will run from noon until 10:00 p.m.  Activities will include entertainers, arts & crafts, free sailboat rides, free dragon boat rides, and a fireworks show off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit the City's Community Calendar at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/communitycalendar/default.asp.

A few notes about getting to the Marina:

University Avenue will be closed from West Frontage Road to the Marina at this time. Pedestrians will have access to these roadways throughout the event.

Access from I-80 into the City of Berkeley will be closed from University Avenue and from Gilman Street during the fireworks display.

Access to the fishing pier will be closed to pedestrians at approximately 5 p.m. in preparation for the show.

Cars will not be allowed in after 7 p.m. and will not be allowed out until after 10:00 p.m.

You can help keep our community safe by:

  • Not using any type of fireworks;
  • Calling the police to report use of fireworks by others;
  • Reducing fuel sources by keeping grass and vegetation cut back;
  • Have fire extinguishers and garden hoses ready.

BPD will have extra officers working on July 4, and will be arresting and citing violators. Possession of M-80’s, M-1000’s and Rocket type fireworks is a felony. 

To notify BPD about illegal fireworks use, call 981-5900, or 981-5911 via cell phone. If you have question concerning the possession or use of fireworks, please call our Community Services Bureau at 981-5806.

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