Unfavorable conditions raising fears of fireworks igniting fires in Bay Area before July 4th

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- In a simulation in Concord on Thursday, an illegal fountain firework was tossed on a makeshift roof and within seconds the 1200 degree sparks ignited a fire. It only took three minutes for the flames to engulf what would have been an attic.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is worried now more than ever with moisture levels low and an unprecedented proliferation of illegal fireworks in the community.

"100% of our resources committed at one point last 4th of July. It's a very uneasy feeling to call our neighbors for help and they say we can't help you, we're committed with our own fires," said Contra Costa Fire Protection District Chief Lewis Broschard.

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On June 8, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed a new fireworks ordinance that now holds property owners and vessel owners responsible if fireworks are found on their property.

Fines start at $100 and go up.

The City of Richmond is even experimenting with paying thousands in reward money to people who report on their neighbors who are playing with fireworks.

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