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Fireworks go on sale in the city; police advise safety

Posted: Monday, Jul 1st, 2013

Sinthia Diaz browses through a variety of fireworks Monday at Pajaro Valley United Soccer League's booth located in the Crossroads Center. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE Booths across the city opened their windows Monday, letting customers browse through a selection of fireworks as they prepare for their Independence Day celebration Thursday.

Fireworks will be available for purchase through Thursday. Many booths are set up along Main Street and Freedom Boulevard, with other locations on South Green Valley Road, Airport Boulevard and East Lake Avenue.

All fireworks booths in the city are operated by local nonprofits, which includes schools, religious groups and sports teams.

Watsonville is the only city in Santa Cruz County that allows the sale of "safe and sane" fireworks, which don't shoot in the air or explode, such as sparklers and smoke bombs.

The law prohibits anyone from selling, giving or delivering safe and sane fireworks to those under 16 years of age, according to the Watsonville Police Department.

More officers will be on patrol on Thursday and throughout the weekend, police said, and will have "zero tolerance" for those who possess illegal fireworks such as M-80s, M-100s and cherry bombs.

Possession of dangerous fireworks is a misdemeanor, which could result in a substantial fine and/or county jail time of up to one year.

Police released the following safety tips for those who plan on using safe and sane fireworks:

Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities.

Keep a bucket of water nearby.

Never experiment, alter the fireworks, or attempt to make your own fireworks.

Light fireworks one at a time.

Never throw fireworks at another person.

Eye protection should always be worn by the user.

Always shoot fireworks vertically, never horizontally.

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