Firefighters battle house fire as revelers set off illegal fireworks

Fireworks in a Saint James City caused a brush fire on Tuesday night for the Fourth of July. Crews put out the fire quickly

"Understanding the dangers associated with the use of illegal fireworks, or misuse of legal fireworks, is critical to keep everyone safe during the holiday", Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott said.

Officials have confiscated more than 33,000 in the weeks leading up to July Fourth.

One fire started Tuesday in a palm tree before spreading to four other palm trees and two houses.

A press release from the Newton Fire Department said crews responded to the fire burning in the hillside above Newton Reservoir.

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials estimate they respond to almost 500 fireworks incidents annually.

Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands said a couple men were attempting to set off homemade fireworks when a 5-pound piece of metal flew two houses down and crashed through the roof.




Firefighters quickly put out the fire before it could spread.

35% of emergency room visits due to fireworks are patients who are under the age of 15, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The home has extensive damage on the second floor and water damage on the first.

Firefighters responded to the incident at 1:45 a.m.in the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue near H Street and Washington Avenue after receiving several 911 calls. They warned some people but did not issue any citations. That blaze started around 11:38 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Old Redwood Road and Redwood Road and burned slightly less than a quarter-acre, Luby said.

No injuries were reported at either fire. Firefighters also said they know they will be busy well into the morning hours as these fireworks continue.

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