Illegal fireworks went off all across the Central Coast, local officials continue to investigate

Illegal fireworks were going off in neighborhoods all across the Central Coast yesterday. These fireworks are proven dangerous and can cause harmful effects such as fires and even death.This year in Seaside, the police department focused on transparency. The chief of police for the Seaside Police Department, Nick Borges, says the department did more this year, for example, adding extra staff. He also noted that something different this year was the number of large parties taking place in the city.”It’s just; It’s just not okay. I understand people want to have a good time but be considerate. We have senior citizens here; we have people with young children, people that needed to go to work early this morning, we have animals. Dogs, cats, and other pets. This is really traumatic for them. We have our military veterans who suffer from PTSD; we talk to these folks. This is highly traumatic for everyone. Not everyone is having a good time when these are going off,” said Chief Borges. He said the department collected 55 gallons of drums of illegal fireworks and more.But due to the high risks and dangers posed by fireworks, Seaside City Council is considering placing a measure banning all fireworks except for city-sponsored events. The following steps on the possible measure are up in the air and will be discussed at the next council meeting.If the council chooses to move forward with placing the measure, it will send it to the voters to make the final decision this November.Council Member Jon Wizard is the author of the proposed measure. “We decided to reconsider. And we took that law off the books. And now we are going about it in the same direction that the fireworks company did and said that we’ll just skip us and put it straight onto the ballot. And if people say yeah, we want to ban it, that’s what the people want to do, and if they say no, we don’t want to ban them, that’s what the people want to do,” Wizard said.Both Chief Borges and Wizard said a large group of their community comprises veterans, pet owners, and families that may be traumatized by the loud noises of the illegal fireworks.”I have confidence that the community will share what they need to say to the council. And I know our council is very open to listening to what community members have to say, and I know they make decisions based upon that. I think that’s kind of how that’s going to go this Thursday,” said Chief Borges.In addition to Seaside, cities across the Central Coast faced issues of illegal fireworks. The city of Hollister handed out 44 illegal firework citations. And 14 citations for illegal fireworks were issued in Marina and none in Monterey. KSBW is still waiting on numbers from Salinas.

Illegal fireworks were going off in neighborhoods all across the Central Coast yesterday. These fireworks are proven dangerous and can cause harmful effects such as fires and even death.

This year in Seaside, the police department focused on transparency. The chief of police for the Seaside Police Department, Nick Borges, says the department did more this year, for example, adding extra staff. He also noted that something different this year was the number of large parties taking place in the city.

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“It’s just; It’s just not okay. I understand people want to have a good time but be considerate. We have senior citizens here; we have people with young children, people that needed to go to work early this morning, we have animals. Dogs, cats, and other pets. This is really traumatic for them. We have our military veterans who suffer from PTSD; we talk to these folks. This is highly traumatic for everyone. Not everyone is having a good time when these are going off,” said Chief Borges.

He said the department collected 55 gallons of drums of illegal fireworks and more.

But due to the high risks and dangers posed by fireworks, Seaside City Council is considering placing a measure banning all fireworks except for city-sponsored events. The following steps on the possible measure are up in the air and will be discussed at the next council meeting.

If the council chooses to move forward with placing the measure, it will send it to the voters to make the final decision this November.

Council Member Jon Wizard is the author of the proposed measure.

“We decided to reconsider. And we took that law off the books. And now we are going about it in the same direction that the fireworks company did and said that we’ll just skip us and put it straight onto the ballot. And if people say yeah, we want to ban it, that’s what the people want to do, and if they say no, we don’t want to ban them, that’s what the people want to do,” Wizard said.

Both Chief Borges and Wizard said a large group of their community comprises veterans, pet owners, and families that may be traumatized by the loud noises of the illegal fireworks.

“I have confidence that the community will share what they need to say to the council. And I know our council is very open to listening to what community members have to say, and I know they make decisions based upon that. I think that’s kind of how that’s going to go this Thursday,” said Chief Borges.

In addition to Seaside, cities across the Central Coast faced issues of illegal fireworks. The city of Hollister handed out 44 illegal firework citations. And 14 citations for illegal fireworks were issued in Marina and none in Monterey. KSBW is still waiting on numbers from Salinas.

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