Fireworks outlawed in most California communities

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California only allows the sale of safe and sane fireworks, which means fireworks that don?t fly or explode.

California only allows the sale of safe and sane fireworks, which means fireworks that don't fly or explode. But almost all communities have outlawed those as well.

"I grew up with some friends who literally blew their fingers off and stuff with barrel bombs and stuff," fireworks fan Laurie Arnold said. "I know people who have done that. And no, I totally appreciate the safe and sane fireworks rules."

Even though Arnold agrees with the rules, she doesn't plan on following all of them.

Fireworks are illegal where she lives, but she wants her grandson Peyton to light his first sparkler at home. "I didn't buy anything super radical. Hopefully, you know, I'm not going to get in trouble," Arnold said.

Pleasanton, Danville and San Ramon outlaw fireworks. In Livermore it's a $1,000 fine. Dublin is the exception.

There are four Dublin city parks specially designated for anyone to come in and set off their safe and sane fireworks without a problem

The Alameda County Fire Department said you still have to be careful. They've increased staffing in case of fireworks-related fires.

"When it comes to safe and sane fireworks, I would caution people that doesn't mean there's no risk," Alameda County Fire Department's Rob Schnepp said.

Cliff Herbstman, who works at a fireworks booth, doesn't see the point in limiting firework sales. "People should be able to sell and set off whatever they want," Herbstman said. He said to let freedom ring.
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