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Seized fireworks displayed by city officials

East Palo Alto Mayor Pat Foster (from left), Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman and East Palo Alto Police Officer Shante Williams held a press conference Monday afternoon to show the media some 250 pounds of illegal fireworks seized on Sunday when a person selling them was arrested.

EPA police make arrest, seize fireworks

Photos by Don Feria/Palo Alto Weekly.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

Posted by Suzie, a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I don't understand why "Safe and Sane Fireworks are still being sold in various communities. Safe and Sane fireworks still need a match to ignite them.With most of California on fire it seems very negligent to allow any sort of fireworks


Posted by Walter E. Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I hope they are being transported and stored in accordance with laws governing such activities.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Any organisation fundraising by the sale of fireworks, or selling cookies, or magazines, or anything else should be ashamed of themselves.

If an organisation really wants to raise funds how about getting out and doing some work for a change rather than attempting to sell us things we do not want, or need, or shouldn't be able to have. I would much rather a group of kids washed my car, pulled weeds or picked up trash in parks, or did some other community effort instead of selling stuff. It is preying on us to expect us to buy something we don't really want to buy to enable them to get money to fund their activities. I would rather give them a handout than buy something as dangerous as fireworks.


Posted by Disgusted, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

In reference to:
Any organisation fundraising by the sale of fireworks, or selling cookies, or magazines, or anything else should be ashamed of themselves.




If an organisation really wants to raise funds how about getting out and doing some work for a change rather than attempting to sell us things we do not want, or need, or shouldn't be able to have. I would much rather a group of kids washed my car, pulled weeds or picked up trash in parks, or did some other community effort instead of selling stuff. It is preying on us to expect us to buy something we don't really want to buy to enable them to get money to fund their activities. I would rather give them a handout than buy something as dangerous as fireworks.

Well said................


Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Good point from parent, but knowing this town, they would "rip on" the kids for wasting water to wash cars.


Posted by Don G., a resident of Community Center
on Jul 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I applaud the police for confiscating illegal fireworks. As far as others using legal fireworks or selling legal fireworks, it's a free country and as a child growing up in PA/MP it was a tradition to have fireworks around the 4th. They should always be used with parental supervision.

With regards to the increased fire danger this year and cancelling fireworks displays or fireworks sales, I think it's political posturing. Tradtionally, fire agencies have always disapproved of fireworks. This year is no different from years past.


Posted by Nan, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

With the fire danger as high as it is, we need to be more vigilant about allowing non-experts to have access to incendiary devices of all kinds.

I believe that matches, lighters, ignition devices and flammable liquids of all kinds should be more strictly controlled and available to the general public only under strict permitting regulations.

It's foolish to think that just anyone can handle these materials safely.

Cigarettes, which apparently have been the cause of at least some of the wildfires, should of course be banned on health grounds.

It's time we clamped down on irresponsible behaviours of all kinds.


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