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: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/where-find-fireworks-east-county-july-4th
“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: