The dos and don’ts for reporting illegal fireworks this July 4 weekend

It’s officially legal-fireworks season in Sacramento, with the City allowing the discharge of “Safe and Sane” fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. June 29 through July 4.

But what should people do if they witness the use of illegal fireworks, including skyrockets that launch into air and emit showers of dangerous sparks?

“There are two simple ways for folks to report the use of illegal fireworks,” said Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade. “You can call the Fire Department’s non-emergency number or use the ‘Nail ‘Em’ app, which can be downloaded to any smart phone.

“As always, we thank the public for their efforts to keep our communities safe this Independence Day,” Wade added.

Here are the dos and don’ts for reporting illegal fireworks in the city of Sacramento:

• DO — Call 916-808-3473 (FIRE). If your call is not answered, leave a message and a dispatcher will quickly relay that info to field personnel.
• DO — Use the free online reporting smart-phone app called “Nail ‘Em,” which is monitored by the Sacramento Fire Department.

• DON’T — Call 911 to report illegal fireworks unless someone is injured or there is a fire.
• DON’T — Call Sacramento Police Department’s non-emergency number to report illegal fireworks. Doing so will only delay the information getting to the appropriate call taker.

With the region facing severe drought conditions, the Sacramento City Council recently approved several new enforcement tools to curb illegal-fireworks use and protect neighborhoods from fires. Click here for more information.

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