July 4th Fireworks Suppression

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Celebrating our country’s independence often brings the illegal use of fireworks within Oxnard City limits.  Oxnard officers will continue to enforce the ban on fireworks in Oxnard all year long but especially this Fourth of July.
In anticipation of the holiday, the Oxnard Police Department would like to remind the public that anyone possessing, storing, selling, using, transporting or handling any type of fireworks is subject to criminal arrest or may be issued a civil citation with a fine of up to $1,000.
According to the National Fire Protection Association website in 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.
These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. Please consider the following facts:

·         In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms
treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of those
injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head.

·         The risk of fireworks injury is highest for
young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.

As an alternative, we invite you to attend the yearly Fireworks by the Sea at Channel Islands Harbor. Activities and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day at the Channel Islands Harbor, including live music, face painting, an inflatable fun zone and a rock climbing wall.  There will also be vendors with booths as well as a farmer’s market.  The event will end with a fireworks show that begins at 9 p.m. and can best be seen near the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard.
Last year, the Oxnard Police Department set up an email address – fireworks@oxnardpd.org – as a way for Oxnard residents to report fireworks in advance of the holiday.  Based on your tips, Oxnard Police Department will issue warnings to residents by mail, in person or by phone, in an effort to prevent illegal fireworks activity in the days leading up to and including Fourth of July.  You may remain anonymous but please include the “exact” address where the fireworks are being used for better service.  If you would like to be advised of the disposition, please state so in your email.
During the Fourth of July holiday season, residents are encouraged to report fireworks activity by calling the Oxnard PD Communications Center at (805) 385-7740.
Please be prepared to tell the dispatcher as much information about the fireworks activity as possible, including the location or the general area where the fireworks are coming from.
Your Oxnard Police Department would like to wish you a happy and SAFE holiday!

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