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Atherton, Menlo Park police warn about fireworks, firearms

Fireworks illegal in most of San Mateo County

Atherton and Menlo Park police are reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in every city in San Mateo County except Pacifica and San Bruno, which allow state-approved fireworks.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will be helping police enforce local firework restrictions during the July Fourth weekend.

In a July Fourth advisory, the Menlo Park Police Department reminds residents and visitors that fire risk is "extremely high" due to hotter temperatures and dry grass and brush.

Residents are urged to report the use of fireworks and discharging of firearms.

Police will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers over the holiday weekend. According to the Atherton Police Department, July Fourth is second only to New Year's as the most deadly holiday, due to impaired driving.

Barbara Wood

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5 people like this
Posted by concerned
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 am

Show no mercy towards fire works and discharged fire arms, especially with High Fire Danger in effect..


4 people like this
Posted by North Fair Oaks
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Thanks you Atherton and Menlo Park police Departments for focusing on this! Illegal firework use seems to be more prevalent every year, and not just on July 4th! Redwood City has a big problem!


1 person likes this
Posted by John
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I'm sorry but I have great memories growing up in the Bay Area of fireworks and firecrackers. Me thinks that too many people are too paranoid about everything. Nothing wrong with a few assorted sparklers and incendiary devices. After all, it is our country's birthday. We should celebrate it before the rest of our freedoms are taken away.


1 person likes this
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 3, 2015 at 7:15 am

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

John:

I have the same memories, but we're in a severe drought.


2 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 3, 2015 at 7:41 am

Fireworks and drought have nothing to do with each other. We've had droughts before in California and we will have droughts again. This is just government taking more fun away from us. Happy 239th Birthday, America!


3 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

John:

have you ever had your roof set on fire by idiots using fireworks? I have and it's not pleasant and it's not cheap to fix. Roofs in this area have seen very little water for the last three years. They are tinder dry. All it takes is an errant spark and up goes the roof.


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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Aaron is a registered user.

A drone crash lead to a big grass fire today over on the Stanford campus. This is no joke. Just one spark can lead to a LOT of damage. No fireworks/firearms over the weekend in Menlo Park/Atherton/Palo Alto, please!!!

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2 people like this
Posted by Menlo
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Sparklers?


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