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By Miriam Raftery

July 2, 2020 (San Diego) -- Fireworks are illegal in San Diego County. Yet East County experienced a recent fire due to illegal fireworks, says Sonny Saghera, public information officer with Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, the only safe way to view fireworks is to watch a professional show.

Here’s where to view live fireworks shows in East County and elsewhere in the San DIego region from a safe distance, as well as local online fireworks displays and patriotic shows:

“With many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year,” Saghera notes.

Heartland Fire offers few other ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks, a well as some fireworks safety facts:

  1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are safe alternatives to sparklers, providing fun for all ages.
  2. Be loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
  3. Have a family outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  4. Red, white and blue Silly String is fun for all ages.
  5. Make a patriotic craft with the family.
  6. Throw a birthday party for the USA-- and don’t forget the cake!

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Many Idiots in Lemon Grove

They have been launching some very large ones over the past week or two. Not talking about lame bottle rockets, no, you can hear these launch and they are super loud and very large. People behind my house launched off like 2 the other day in broad daylight (like 3 in the afternoon) and scared the crap out of my dogs that were out playing in the backyard. Think that is what pisses me off the most, don't do that crap in the middle of the day when dogs are out. If you want to have fun and launch them at night then by all means do so as I've bee not letting mine out past 7 now. Just keep in mind, I know where 3 houses are that are doing this, and if something catches fire your address will be given to PD.