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Fireworks go on sale in Dublin next week

Buy anytime, but use only in Dublin on July 4

"Safe and Sane" fireworks will go on sale in Dublin at noon this Tuesday, one of the few cities in the Bay Area where such sales are allowed to be sold by local nonprofit organizations.

Those with fireworks can use them only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 4. Users also must be Dublin residents and will be allowed to use them at the Dublin Sports Grounds (Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza) and in three parks: Alamo Creek Park (Dougherty Road and Willow Creek Drive), Emerald Glen Park (Tassajara Road and Gleason Drive) and Shannon Park (Shannon Avenue and San Ramon Valley Road).

Possession and discharge of all fireworks is illegal within Contra Costa County, including Danville and San Ramon, according to San Ramon Valley fire officials.

However, Dublin home owners can set off fireworks on their properties at anytime during the period fireworks are being sold. No fireworks of any type will be permitted at multi-housing units, at any undesignated Dublin park, or at any city facility or public school.

City representatives urged those buying fireworks to observe the following safety precautions:

* Always read and follow the safety directions.

* Never take fireworks apart to build your own fireworks.

* Never allow children to use fireworks without adult supervision.

* Only light one device at a time and remain a safe distance away after lighting the device.

* Never try to re-light or handle "dud" fireworks (faulty and unexploded fireworks).

Officials added that fireworks should always be used in safe, open areas and away from buildings, combustibles, dry vegetation and, especially, people and animals. Also, a connected garden hose should be ready nearby and a pail of water kept handy for disposal of spent fireworks and "duds."

Pet owners are advised to keep pets indoors on July 4, as many animals become extremely agitated by the sights and sounds of fireworks. Some of these pets will even run into the streets and away from home in an attempt to flee fireworks activity that is distressing to them.

Illegal fireworks, which explode in the air or move along the ground, always pose a higher threat, as sparks from illegal fireworks may ignite a fire on dry vegetation or rooftops.

Dublin and Pleasanton police will be increasing enforcement efforts, and there will be dedicated law enforcement and firefighters overseeing the parks, as well as other officers patrolling elsewhere throughout the two cities.

Penalties for those caught illegally selling or using these types of fireworks can include stiff fines and jail time.

Other Bay Area cities where fireworks can be purchased include Newark, Pacifica, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, San Bruno and Union City.

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