Four cities -- Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Cloverdale -- still allow the sale of "safe and sane" fireworks. Now they have become controversial, as well.
"We do good work," said Robin Merrill of the Elim Lutheran Church.
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They have sold fireworks in Petaluma for seven years and raised tens of thousands of dollars for disaster relief across the nation.
"I'm conflicted," added Judy Peterson. "But I have a thing about honoring commitments."
Merrill adds, "We expect some push-back. But we hand out pamphlets and warn every person to set these off in safe places."
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That attitude hardly silences critics of the practice.
"Safe and sane fireworks can still start fires," said Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal. "They pose a significant threat to our city."
Tanya Williams in the living room of her rebuilt burned home in #CoffeyPark. She had considered buying safe and sane sparklers for her daughter this July 4th. "Not with this red flag warning. I have more experience with fires than most people." An understatement. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/BBkBCSBIqo— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) June 29, 2018
The ladies of Elim Lutheran Church await their fireworks in #Petaluma this morning. "We warn people to be responsible," said Robin Merrill. Their permitted fireworks sales have raised tens of thousand of dollars for disaster relief. "We expect push-back." #abc7now pic.twitter.com/rxj7TNQgh4— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) June 29, 2018
Safe, sane and controversial in fire-scarred Sonoma County, where four four cities, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, and Cloverdale still allow the sale of fireworks. "They pose a significant threat,"" says @SantaRosaFire Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/c5caEwyWrG— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) June 29, 2018