Muscoy resident Jane Hunt-Ruble said she was in tears as she pleaded with San Bernardino County supervisors to do something about the people who set up illegal fireworks that scare horses, hurt people and damage property in the neighborhood where she has lived for 50 years.
âIt’s all year round now. Even at Easter, âsaid Hunt-Ruble, 72.
Hunt-Ruble discussed his concerns after seeing San Bernardino County firefighters on Thursday, April 8, roll out a plan that he hopes will help resolve the issue.
Anyone can now go to the ministry’s website at sbcfire.org and anonymously report the use and sale of illegal fireworks. The system, which allows the user to upload photos and videos, will create a fireworks reporting database that will help officials target problem areas. Law enforcement will only respond quickly to reports indicating a specific location where fireworks are currently being shot or sold.
County public safety officials have confiscated some 121,000 pounds of illegal fireworks and drafted more than 700 citations that have resulted in fines of $ 875,000 in the past four years, said Fire Marshal Mike Horton .
âAnd that doesn’t deter people enough, and fireworks always hit our communities. This problem grows every year, âHorton said at a press conference in Fontana as he stood in front of a decidedly insecure and healthy fireworks display with names like Barrel Bombs, King Pyro and Forbidden Zone.
Fireworks of all kinds are illegal in unincorporated areas of the county, Horton said.
The March 16 fireworks explosion in Ontario, which killed two people and caused more than $ 3 million in damage, once again highlighted the pyrotechnics problem, Horton noted. Ontario police had no update on the investigation as of Thursday.
County Supervisor Janice Rutherford said 2020 was ‘particularly warlike’ in terms of noise as people stayed at home on Independence Day after public exhibits were canceled due to the COVID pandemic. 19.
âNoise is not the only scandalous problem,â she said. âThe next day you will see streets littered with debris and garbage. You will see the owners searching for their beloved pets who have run away. And you might even hear about horrible injuries.
Rutherford has announced a schedule of dates when people can hand in illegal fireworks to county fire stations, no questions asked. The first two are 9 am to 3 pm on April 10 at Station 221, 200 E. 3rd St., San Bernardino; and Station 71, 16980 Arrow Blvd., Fontana. The list is on the County Fire Department website.
Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren urged people to take advantage of the fireworks reporting system.
âI have confidence in our community that we will say something if we see something,â she said.