For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION IN THE CITY OF BERKELEY

Berkeley, California (Monday, June 30, 2008) - The City of Berkeley will be hosting a FREE Pyrotechnics display in the Marina on July 4th at 9:30pm.  The city will close the Marina to vehicular traffic as parking lots fill up.  This usually occurs around 7:00pm.

In light of one of the worst fire seasons on record, the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) wish to remind the community that ALL fireworks are illegal in the City of Berkeley.  The Police Department has already started receiving calls regarding the illegal use of fireworks in our City.  “Safe and Sane” type fireworks including “Sparklers” are also prohibited and pose a potential dangerous fire hazard.  An average of 7 people are killed annually directly related to fireworks in California.

BPD will have extra officers working on the 4th of July, and will be arresting and citing violators.  Possession of M-80s, M-1000s and rocket type fireworks is a felony.  BPD is continuing its annual education campaign on the dangers of fireworks and is targeting the neighborhoods that have been consistently violating the law. 

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

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