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Release Date: 06/15/2012 Release Time: 4:43 PM
Contact: B.Bock
Subject: Riverside Fire Welcomes July 4th
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For Immediate Release Contact
June 18, 2012

City of Riverside Welcomes July 4th with Caution Residents Urged to Celebrate Safely

The City of Riverside welcomes this upcoming July 4th on Wednesday by encouraging safe celebrations and reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside. July 4th is a day for celebration, but not at the expense of safety. Residents are encouraged to attend the City's 4th of July Spectacular Aerial Fireworks Show, either at La Sierra Park or Mt. Rubidoux. The shows start at 9 pm.
We are increasing our outreach to make certain Riverside residents understand not only that fireworks are illegal but why they are illegal", says Fire Chief Steve Earley. Fireworks cause hundreds of severe injuries in the United States and ignite thousands of fires in California every year
When most residents think of fireworks, they think of large bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers. However, the ban includes the popular sparkler, usually reserved for younger children
"Sparklers can reach 1200 degrees Fahrenheit", says Public Information Officer and Division Chief, Bob Bock. In the United States in 2010, half (52%) of the fireworks injuries were burns; sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for 43% of the emergency room fireworks injuries. For residents who'd like to observe the tradition, snappers and champagne party poppers are not considered fireworks and deemed legal for use in Riverside.