Every summer, the fire and Sheriff’s departments receive numerous calls about residents who are setting off illegal fireworks. While officials follow-up on these reports, the lack of evidence often hinders their investigations. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the county fire department has created a new tool to help residents report suspected illegal fireworks…
Despite the fact that all fireworks are illegal in San Bernardino County, many residents continue to buy and set off fireworks, which is especially hazardous during wildfire season. The fine for setting off illegal fireworks is $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest.
In order to issue citations or make arrests, county fire officials must have definitive proof of the illegal activity, something that’s hard to obtain when they arrive after the fact. To help firefighters, the County Fire Office has created a link on the county fire website where residents can make an anonymous report with the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Photos and videos can be included in the report. Links to make a report can be found at SBCFire.org.
To make an anonymous report, residents may visit https://bit.ly/SBCoReportFireworks. Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.
Residents may make an anonymous report by accessing this platform through a QR code distributed throughout the county, as well as through links on SBCFire.org.