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Posted: Monday, Jun 30th, 2014

Workers set up a fireworks stand for the Watsonville Tae Kwon Do Parents Booster Club Monday in the East Lake Village Shopping Center in preparation for firework sales that begin Tuesday in the City of Watsonville. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — For nearly 240 years, the multi-colored bursts and deep-bass rumbles of fireworks have been a fundamental part of Fourth-of-July festivities.

First suggested by John Adams in 1776 as a way to commemorate the new country’s independence, the tradition has since illuminated the width and breadth of the country every year.

But fear of drought — and of fires sparked by errant fireworks — have put the kibosh on them throughout most of the county.

“Safe and sane” fireworks — those that do not explode or leave the ground — are the only ones permitted in the few places where they are allowed, namely the cities of Watsonville and Capitola.

Anyone caught lighting them elsewhere faces a $1,000 fine for each illicit item, whether or not they are deemed safe and sane. Teams of firefighters and law enforcement officials will be on patrol throughout the county looking for scofflaws who possess illegal fireworks such as M-80s, M-100s, mortars and cherry bombs.

Moreover, no fireworks are allowed anywhere after July 5.

For the complete article see the 07-01-2014 issue.

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