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Citrus Heights Police to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ plan for illegal fireworks

Citrus Heights Police Lt. Ken Lewis speaks during a June 22 City Council meeting on the department’s fireworks enforcement plan.

By Mike Hazlip—
Citrus Heights police will be enforcing a strict policy on illegal fireworks this year, involving additional patrols, fines and proactive warnings in advance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Police Lt. Ken Lewis presented the plan to the City Council last week during a June 22 meeting. Police plan to use a variety of methods to prevent illegal firework use, including social media, the city’s “See Click Fix” app, and an amnesty program where residents are allowed to turn in illegal fireworks.

Lewis said Citrus Heights police are also proactively sending out warning letters to areas with a history of illegal firework activity. The letters offer information about the city’s firework ordinance, possible fines, and instructions on how to turn in illegal fireworks in an effort to “keep anybody out of trouble,” Lewis said. Fines can also be issued for “social hosts” of gatherings where illegal fireworks were discharged.

Arson investigators from Sacramento Metro Fire will team up with police as they work additional patrols during the enforcement period, according to Lewis.

The city is also taking steps to mitigate any potential fires by conducting weed abatement at empty fields, and encouraging residents to report illegal firework use. The Sentinel previously reported goats were used for weed abatement in a vacant 11-acre parcel at the intersection of Auburn Boulevard, Sylvan Road, and Old Auburn Road.

“With the regional fireworks task force, the Police Department will have a zero tolerance policy towards illegal fireworks,” Lewis said. “This approach sends a strong message the violators will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against any offenders.”

Fireworks labeled “Safe & Sane” are still allowed in the city.

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