I was glad to read that 100 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated in Tracy before they could cause injury or property damage. But sadly, this 100-pound reduction had no discernable effect on the total quantity of illegal fireworks launched and exploded in Tracy — so I’m guessing that thousands of pounds remained in the hands of the citizenry.
It’s my impression that there is essentially zero enforcement of the fireworks laws in Tracy. The Press reported that the police department received 77 fireworks-related calls, but was anything done as a result of the calls? Even without calls, the illegal use is not hard to locate. As I drove into my neighborhood at 10 p.m., I could see three aerial displays, all illegal and within 100 yards of my house. They continued until after midnight.
Tracy should announce a zero-tolerance policy for illegal fireworks, provide vigorous enforcement, and then publicize the number of citations and fines. In a year or two, this dangerous disturbance would subside.