Fire Officials Warn Against Illegal Fireworks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

At the fireworks stand on Fulton and Sierra, Nicole Roar and Irene Caruthers say they’ve been selling a lot of Whistling Phantoms. "It’s like a high-pitched, screaming little girl."

The two women are among the parents selling fireworks for Rosemont High School’s baseball and basketball teams. "We’re all taking 3-hour shifts and volunteering our time. Our coach says it’s a good money maker."

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Steve Turner says local community groups can make anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000. "It’s a major fundraiser for these organizations and so we want to support that, and buy your fireworks there, you’re buying legal fireworks."

Turner says look for the “Safe and Sane” state fire marshal seal and stay away from illegal fireworks. "Anything that explodes or flies into the air."

Possessing illegal fireworks could result in a mandatory jail sentence of three to five days.