Get tough on illegal fireworks
by Gus Carlson, Tracy
Jul 13, 2012 | 3939 views | 10 10 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

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.
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backinblack
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August 31, 2012
Sorry TR10 but you are wrong, you would not get a new house courtesy of your neighbor, it would be at the expense of your neighbors insurance company. Then after enough idiots like your neighbor cause their insurance companies to do the same, the rates of everyone else in this area will go up.

You are hereby enlightened.

TracyResident10
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August 30, 2012
Most of the country uses what we call illegal fireworks. Like guns, or bad food or fireworks we should have the freedom for these and be responsible. It's rediculous they are not legal. It's hypocritical of you that complain about them to make it legal so money can be made. Using your logic then these should be legal because then more money can be made for the gov to waste. I mean this is what the pot heads are saying right? I have no issues w neighbors lighting them and landing in my yard. Has not caused fire. If it does then I get new house curtesy neighbor.

I enjoyed the fireworks
RedHotChilliPeppers
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August 31, 2012
Could you use the same logic regarding the homes in San Bruno? Would you thank the utility company for a new home? What about peoples lives? Do you thank the insurance company because you got half a million for grandpa's ashes?
tracyresdnt
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July 15, 2012
I enjoyed them. There were several illegal fireworks shows visible from my neighborhood on July 04. From what I could tell, they were primarily launched from various parks in the area. Anyway, thanks for the show. I love the 4th of July.
calimom25
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July 14, 2012
OMGosh! Tell me about it! There were at least 2 houses on my street shooting of a large amount of illegal fireworks. Was praying all night my house wouldn't catch on fire.
Malia
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July 14, 2012
As I had commented on this subject recently... my home has been at risk every 4th of July from my rear neighbor's use of illegal and legal fireworks. They cared not that they often landed in my yard, near my house, on my house... exploded yard decor, or nearly hit my elderly mother. The TP were often too busy to respond to all calls... and one year I tried to "pre-report" it (can't be done). Perhaps a tip-list of offenders could be compiled by those concerned, and provided to police departments pre and post "celebrations".???

They keep of list of gang members. Why not a list of these inconsiderate and potentially dangerous neighbors???
JimHilson
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July 13, 2012
If it is any consolation, Lathrop wasn't any better. At one point someone set off some fireworks within 100 yards of the fire station and another group set stuff off within 2 blocks of the police station on the same street. Stuff was going up all day and night.

I was told that there were tougher laws and serious jail time if you got caught with the stuff a few years ago, yet I'm not seeing much enforcement which is sad. To use that stuff legally you have to hire professionals, have permits and have fire protection on site. No small feat and not cheap.

I agree that this has gotten out of hand and a few major arrests and convictioins could solve the whole thing and prevent unnecessary injuries and property losses in the future.
BATinTracy
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July 13, 2012
There were more illegal fireworks than the legal ones. I agree that we need more enforcement, but it seems that the people living here don't. Until someone gets seriously hurt or a few homes burn down, most don't care. I saw fire engines and TPD out talking to people and stopping those using illegal fireworks. Maybe there needs to be more of that.
princesaportuguese
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July 13, 2012
"Get tough on 'illegal' fireworks" on INDEPENDENCE DAY. Kind of tired of living in a "free" country with almost ZERO freedoms. Too much regulation, not enouugh liberties. Enough is Enough.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 13, 2012
So is this what we teach our children? It ain't against th law unless ya get caught? How about it's OK ta break th law if ya don't agree with it? Or how about, other people's rights don't matter just as long as yer happy doin what yer doin?

Ya bemoan yer loss of freedom but fail ta comprehend that yer freedom's end when they start ta impinge on someone else's rights an freedoms.

But hey, when th world personally revolves around you then nothin else really matters.


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