A safe and sane celebration

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BY BRADY RHOADES: You’re probably getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, right?

City leaders are glad about that, but they urge you to be safe.

“The Fourth of July is a special day for Americans, and we want everyone to have a great and safe time celebrating, said Fire Chief Tom Schultz. “The use of legal and illegal fireworks are not only dangerous to users but also to others nearby, including homes and structures.”

So let’s get the details out of the way so you can get back to planning that party with family and friends.

BY BRADY RHOADES: You’re probably getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, right?

City leaders are glad about that, but they urge you to be safe.

“The Fourth of July is a special day for Americans, and we want everyone to have a great and safe time celebrating, said Fire Chief Tom Schultz. “The use of legal and illegal fireworks are not only dangerous to users but also to others nearby, including homes and structures.”

So let’s get the details out of the way so you can get back to planning that party with family and friends.

The hard truth is that illegal fireworks can turn a celebration into a nightmare. They cause injuries and even death. They damage and, yes, destroy, property. They raise noise and tension levels long after the fireworks shows have ended.

Garden Grove has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to these bad boys.

Get caught setting off illegal fireworks — or misusing legal ones — and you’ll be fined $1,000.

Last year, police issued 47, $1,000 administrative citations.

This year, the Police Department has added two-man units to saturated high-volume call areas, and the Fire Department will deploy additional firefighters and fire investigators.

So fly your flags, sing your songs, enjoy your barbecues, toast your freedoms and… stick with safe and sane fireworks, on private property.

It is, literally, a blast.