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Fireworks are illegal in South Lake Tahoe

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On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

After experiencing a very mild winter, the area faces a dangerous wild land fire season, according to a press release from the city of South Lake Tahoe. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and city fireworks laws to protect public health and safety.

California has some of the country’s most-stringent fireworks laws. Virtually all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in the state. South Lake Tahoe city ordinances also control firework issues. Discharging any type of fireworks, including Safe and Sane fireworks, is against the law in the city of South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe police personnel will confiscate any fireworks and issue citations to violators, the release stated. Most fireworks violations are misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and or a year in the El Dorado County Jail. Possession of larger fireworks may be prosecuted as a felony. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible person will likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.

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