Lodi Police to Illegal Firework Users - Fair Warning, Expect Strict Enforcement of Ordinances

July 1, 2017 |  

The Lodi Calif. Police Department took to social media today to issue what they called a "Fair Warning" - the city's existing and newly enacted firework codes will be strictly enforced for the next several days.

The information posted said the starting today through at least next Tuesday, July 4, both uniformed and plainclothes police officers will be on the lookout for the use of illegal fireworks. While officers will be looking for violations, they will also enforce recent changes to the city's municipal code that will also enforce so-called social host responsibilities.

Under this new code, property owners or hosts who facilitate the use of illegal fireworks can also face possible citations. Additionally, while suspected violators may be issued citations on the spot, violators may receive observed violations by mail.

To enforce the existing and new codes, Lodi Police also advise residents they will be video recording and photographing suspected infractions.

According to the Center For Disease Control, each year there are an estimated 8,500 injuries treated in emergency rooms resulting from fireworks. Of those injuries, about 70 to 75-percent occur within 30 days of Independence Day, with most injuries to the hands.

Lodi Police are also reminding residents that fireworks can only be set off between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.  

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