Fontana likened to a 'war zone' as residents burst illegal fireworks during Fourth of July weekend despite ban
The night sky of Fontana, California, was lit as part of the Fourth of July celebrations, as it is every year. Only this time, it looks like the locals took it a bit too far. Illegal fireworks, a grave problem in Fontana and other cities in San Bernardino County, California, are banned in the state amid Covid-19 and recent bushfires. But Fontana has been seeing people bursting fireworks for weeks ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
"Between wildfires and public safety, we're not taking any chances. Fines for possession and use of illegal fireworks range from $2,500 to $10,000," Fontana Police Department Sergeant Kellen Guthrie said. "You can do your part to prevent the use of illegal fireworks in Fontana by purchasing and using Safe and Sane fireworks where permissible."
Warnings about repercussions for using illegal fireworks were issued by the mayor as well. "Before setting off a firework, I urge you to think of your neighbors, your pets, and all those who are impacted by the sudden noise. The City of Fontana will not tolerate illegal fireworks, and those with these fireworks will be cited. Be sure to celebrate responsibly, safely, and above all, respectfully," Mayor Acquanetta Warren had said. But it hasn't had any effect on residents who seem to have taken charge of their celebrations.
Many found it "unbelievable" that warnings about health and safety are taken so lightly."It is unbelievable isn't it?! What part of “they are illegal“ isn't clear to these people! They're in my community too! I‘m about to go off if it does not stop!"
Many people on Twitter are pointing out how the use of hundreds of illegal fireworks has turned it into a "war zone". "Fontana sounds and smells like a goddamn war zone every year without fail," tweeted one while another resident posted, "I actually hate that I live in Fontana because it sounds like a war zone."
"THERE ARE LIKE 5 FIREWORKS GOING OFF EVERY SECOND IN FONTANA. WHATS UP WITH YALL?????" tweeted a user. "I just saw what fireworks in Fontana, CA are like. Holy s**t man. Is that why your state is on fire all the time?" added another.
Others are simply appalled at the situation. "Compton, Fontana, East LA, Hollywood, Los Angeles overall has gone Firework Crazy! It sounds like a what war zone would sound like! Echoing all over this city! More than last year! Damn!"