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FIREWORKS LEGAL ONLY IN CITY OF FILLMORE PRIVATE DISPLAYS ELSEWHERE WILL BE CONFISCATED.



Byline: Eric Leach Staff Writer

SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969.  - City and county officials are warning residents that the possession of any fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
fireworks

Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to
 is illegal in all unincorporated areas and all cities in Ventura County except the city of Fillmore.

Damage from fireworks during Fourth of July Fourth of July, Independence Day, or July Fourth, U.S. holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Celebration of it began during the American Revolution.  celebrations last year cost police and firefighters throughout the county nearly $100,000, officials said.

Ten police departments in the county spent $66,600 responding to thousands of reports of illegal fireworks in 2004, with the greatest policing costs coming from Oxnard, which spent $40,377 enforcing fireworks laws, according to a report by the Ventura County grand jury issued Wednesday.

The cost to fire departments in the county was in excess of $24,000, with the greatest single cost of $12,789 in the city of Ventura, the grand jury said.

Officials in Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, Port Hueneme and Santa Paula said they confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

adj.
 fireworks last year that had come from Fillmore, San Fernando, Culver City, Mexico, China, Nevada, Arkansas and other states.

Violators of fireworks laws may not only be fined and jailed, but held responsible for any damages that might occur, including the cost of fighting fires, officials said.

``We're not out to be the Grinch that stole the Fourth of July, but we want people to celebrate safely,'' said Joe Luna, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department Not to be confused with Ventura Fire Department.

The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) provides fire protection and emergency response services for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, California, and for six other cities within the county.
. ``We will have fire prevention officers patrolling the county to enforce the law.''

Each year, fireworks cause nearly 9,000 injuries nationwide. Even the so-called ``safe and sane'' fireworks, which don't fly through the air or explode, can cause fires and injury, Luna said.

Fillmore is the only place in the county where people can buy and set off fireworks.

``But people don't keep the fireworks in Fillmore. They take them home. They come from other counties,'' Luna said. ``It's frightening to think that people carry them in their cars with their families. Even sparklers can cause fires and burns.''

The Ventura County grand jury did not break down costs of law enforcement and fire protection in Fillmore, but noted that the city has two to three brush fires per year, some due to illegal fireworks.

The grand jury also said that in 2003, Fillmore generated $1.3 million in gross fireworks sales, from which the city received about $13,000 in sales tax sales tax, levy on the sale of goods or services, generally calculated as a percentage of the selling price, and sometimes called a purchase tax. It is usually collected in the form of an extra charge by the retailer, who remits the tax to the government. .

In Fillmore, only fireworks classified as ``safe and sane'' are legal - small fireworks such as cones that shoot showers of sparks in the air, Piccolo piccolo, small transverse flute pitched an octave higher than the standard flute. Its tone is bright and shrill, and it can produce the highest notes in the orchestral range. The piccolo is used in orchestras and especially in military bands. See fife.  Petes and pinwheels.

Simi Valley police said they will be patrolling local neighborhoods for fireworks violations and issuing citations.

``We'll be out in force,'' said Sgt. John Adamczyk of the Simi Valley Police Department The Simi Valley Police Department (SVPD) is the police department of the city of Simi Valley, California. The department currently has over 120 sworn officers, and more than 65 support personnel[1]. The department has a patrol area that covers over 39 square miles. . ``We'll definitely issue citations and confiscate To expropriate private property for public use without compensating the owner under the authority of the Police Power of the government. To seize property.

When property is confiscated it is transferred from private to public use, usually for reasons such as
 fireworks.''

Luna said Ventura County residents have numerous opportunities to see organized public fireworks displays, including the free show over the water at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.

``There are many opportunities to take the family and enjoy the fireworks from a safe distance,'' he said.

Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602

eric.leach(at)dailynews.com

WHERE TO GO

Here is a list of fireworks shows in the area:

Today:

MOORPARK - 9 p.m. at Arroyo Vista Community Park at the intersection of Tierra Rejada Road and Countrywood Drive.

Monday:

SIMI VALLEY - 9 p.m. at Simi Valley High School Simi Valley High School is a secondary school located in Simi Valley, California which was established in 1920 as the first high school in the valley. It nestles in the Santa Susana Mountains and is adjacent to the San Fernando Valley, part of the city and county of Ventura. , 5400 Cochran St.

THOUSAND OAKS - 9 p.m. on the hilltop behind The Oaks mall on Hillcrest Drive between Lynn and Wilbur roads.

OXNARD - 9 p.m. at Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard.

CAMARILLO - 9 p.m. in Freedom Park at Camarillo Airport, Pleasant Valley Road and Eubanks Street.

FILLMORE - Dusk at Fillmore High School Coordinates:

Fillmore High School is a secondary school that is located in the Santa Clara River Valley in Fillmore, California. It can be found by the middle of California State Route 126 between Ventura and Valencia, California.
, 555 Central Ave.

SANTA PAULA - Dusk at Harding Park, Ventura Street and East Harvard Boulevard.

VENTURA - Dusk at Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road.

Source: Ventura County Fire Department

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