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OAKLEY PD CONFISCATES HUNDREDS OF FIREWORKS AND ISSUES 68 CITATIONS

Throughout June and through the 4th of July, the City of Oakley Police Department experienced a significant increase in the number of fireworks-related calls for service. In June of 2019, the Police Department received just 15 calls from residents regarding fireworks complaints. During this same time period this year (2020) we received nearly 300 complaints. This same type of an increase has been seen in many of our neighboring communities. The evening of the 4th of July hundreds of additional calls for service came in and fireworks were rampant throughout the community.

“We had police officers, other PD staff and CERT volunteers – a total of 18 people and two drones out helping us on July 4th. We also appreciate those residents that were able to provide us exact addresses where the fireworks were coming from. While we clearly weren’t able to stop most of the fireworks, the confiscations and citations send a very strong message,” explained Interim Police Chief Paul Beard.

In addition to what Oakley authorities handled, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District reported 114 calls for service on the holiday, including 29 calls for fires, two burn injuries to a child and father, $20,000 in estimated property loss, 125 acres consumed by fire, a total of 70 citations issued, and a total of 100 pounds of fireworks seized

“We appreciate that everyone wants to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, but these are the realities of the damaging effects those illegal fireworks have on our communities.” Fire Marshall Steve Aubert stated.

REMEMBER! All fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County.

Photo of just some of the Oakley confiscated fireworks:
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Update: ECCFPD firefighters are responding to East Cypress Road & Summerlake Road for a report of a vegetation fire.

As of 2 p.m., the fire is mostly contained. Please avoid the area as emergency crews continue to work.
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SUMMER CAMP IN A BOX
Want some home-based summer fun for kids? Check out the Oakley Recreation Division's new "Camp in a Box!" For $20 per week, you'll get five take-and-make crafts and access to a daily one-hour Zoom activity. Order your camp box online and pick it up at the Oakley Recreation Center (1250 O'Hara Avenue) the Friday before the week begins. Register at www.ci.oakley.ca.us/registration or call 925.625.7041 for more information.
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A NOTE FROM THE OAKLEY POLICE ON FIREWORKS

The Oakley Police Department realizes the negative impacts fireworks has on families with young children, pets and in some cases military veterans. Fireworks of all types are illegal in Contra Costa County. The Oakley Police Department has been taking proactive, and collaborative, measures as we head into the Fourth of July weekend. The Oakley Police Department will have additional staff on duty for the weekend to help ensure the safety of all residents. Please do not be part of the problems that can lead to disturbances of your neighbors peace and unintended fires.

The Oakley Police Department has been working on identifying addresses where fireworks are likely being shot from and officers have been making personal contact at these locations to have educational discussions with the occupants. The Oakley Police Department has also left the occupants with resource information (link: bit.ly/2YVTsIh).

We are asking all Oakley residents to refrain from letting off fireworks and there will be zero tolerance. While it is obviously not possible to catch every instance of violations, we will have extra staff on hand and drones in operation to help deal with this illegal activity. Last year during the Fourth of July period, the Oakley Police Department issued 11 citations and confiscated nearly 100 pieces of fireworks. Know that most fines are $1,000, and for some fireworks offenses, the fine can actually reach $50,000 with jail time.

The Oakley Police Department urges everybody to celebrate in a safe, and legal, manner. We will be here if you need us.
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