Sacto 9-1-1
July 5, 2012
Fireworks prompt police and fire response in Sacramento County

Police and firefighters were kept busy with Fourth of July calls, including dispersing celebrants setting off illegal fireworks near an east Sacramento park and putting out fires caused by bottle rockets.

Sacramento police responded to at least two fireworks-related calls:

At 9 a.m., police were called Marysville and Arcade boulevards where a security guard was attacked when he tried to stop the burglary of a fireworks stand. The burglars, one armed with a club, fled.

About 3:30 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of Rodeo Way in east Sacramento on a call regarding suspected illegal fireworks being ignited. When police arrived, the teens scattered, leaving behind a backpack containing illegal fireworks.

For firefighters in the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, weather conditions kept fireworks-caused blazes from getting out of control.

"The weather was not bad for us," said Assistant Chief Walt White. "The temperatures were not extreme and the winds were not that strong. That allowed us to get ahead of almost every fire we responded to."

Still, he said, there were plenty of illegal fireworks being used in Sacramento County: A bottle rocket burned through the roof into the attic of a home on Elnora Court in the Florin-Elk Grove area, in Citrus Heights illegal fireworks caused a two-acre grass fire and a shed burned, possibly due to fireworks, in Rio Linda.

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