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Illegal fireworks continue to spike in Kern County

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:04:15-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — More than 4,000 complaints about illegal fireworks were made in Kern County within the last week, according to fire officials.

The Bakersfield Fire Department said they received 1,000 complaints, while 3,000 reports were submitted to the Kern County Fire Department within the last week.

Both departments say these numbers are unusually high for this period, considering that the Fourth of July is more than a week away.

For the last several weeks, many residents have had to endure with the loud bangs and booms from illegal fireworks being set off in their neighborhoods.

Bernadine Manuel, a resident in southeast Bakersfield said her community sounds like a war zone after dark.

"I hear bombs going off at night. I'm in bed and I'm shaking because it's so loud," Manuel said.

According to KCFD spokesman Andrew Freeborn, all firework usage is considered illegal because it is outside of the legal time period to use fireworks.

Residents can learn when it's legal to use fireworks in their city by visiting youlightitwewriteit.com.

Communities within city limits can report illegal fireworks the BFD's non-emergency lines by calling 661-324-6551 or 661-324-4542.

Residents who live in county jurisdiction can report illegal fireworks on KCFD's website KernCountyFire.org