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New task force confiscates 1,500 pounds of explosives within 1 month

Group cracks down on illegal fireworks in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park

by Sue Dremann

Determined to prevent a repeat of last year's overwhelming barrage of fireworks explosions in the weeks leading up to July 4, the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park have formed a joint fireworks task force that has already confiscated 1,500 pounds of illegal explosives in the past month, police said.

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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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Fireworks have been getting progressively worse over the years. First it was around July 4th, then started mid-June and now starts nightly in May. I'm lucky and can head out of town around the 4th which I started doing years ago.
My only suggestion is that fines should be raised but should be much higher for those who are bringing in fireworks and re-selling. I don't see why someone who gets caught setting off a fireworks gets the same fine as one selling thousands of dollars worth to the locals. Make that fine much higher.

Posted by Janine Collins
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm

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Posted by Erubial Tejada
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 8:55 am

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Posted by Duveneck
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 31, 2021 at 8:16 pm

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Worked really well Sunday night… not. I find it hard to take it seriously that the cities care when Palo Alto dispatch says “not our problem, and Shot Spotter says it is fireworks” and apparently EPA doesn’t use Shot Spotter or respond to fireworks, either. Large fireworks were going off continually until almost midnight Sunday.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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The last couple of weeks have had the sound of fireworks, but the lat couple of nights they have been a great deal worse.

Posted by Carson Winslow
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 1, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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Some folks are using up their arsenal.

Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm

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Here's the problem in a nutshell in liberal bay area

"Whether the culture behind the fireworks could shift due to incentives, relentless education or other programs, Johnston said it will take a decade to make meaningful change. That's not an impossible task."

seriously? no mention of tougher penalties!! So we are supposed to live with explosives going on at all hours of the night for the next DECADE. With leaders like this no surprise on why California in general has decayed in quality of life over the past decades..

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