CBS47 On Your Side: Fresno Fire on the hunt for illegal fireworks with fines

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Last year, the sky above Fresno looked like a war zone on the 4th of July.

This year, members of the Fresno Fire Department want to prevent a repeat.

They unveiled a new strategy on Friday, but they need the publics help to make it happen.

In the past, Fresno Fire could only issue a citation to someone setting off illegal fireworks, if an investigator saw it happen.

But now for the first time, anyone can sign a declaration that they saw a specific person set off illegal fire works.

Fire investigators and the Fresno Co. District Attorney’s Office will take it from there.

Fresno Fire Investigator Jay Tracy says, “We are working with the city attorney’s office and based off the complainants desirers, work with them to issue a citation, having no investigator see the violation.”

Fire investigators will make sure the claim is legit, and not just a fight between neighbors. But if someone is found guilty they may have to shell out nearly $1,300 in fines.

Tracy says, “if the person wants to remain anonymous. We understand that, respect that, and their information is secure it’s not being made public. But we will go out to the violators address and issue them a notice of violations. It says hey you are basically put on warning.”.

The Fresno Fire Department wants residents to report illegal fireworks by dialing 3-1-1 and not 9-1-1.

Or you can go to the Fresgo app, found on your phone.

Investigator want to remind people to give a specific address, not just a general location.

Last year, a total of 40 illegal firework citation were issued around the holiday. 24 citations were issued on the 4th of July.

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