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Menlo Park: Fireworks suspected cause of detached garage fire on Fourth of July

Original post made on Jul 9, 2020

Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters suspect that fireworks are to blame for a blaze in a detached garage backyard living space in Menlo Park on the Fourth of July.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 3:29 PM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:42 am

Is anyone ever charged or arrested for illegal use of fireworks? Or is it another one of those no one cares crimes.
Too bad the landlords can't be held responsible. Then they might have an incentive to evict scofflaws.

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Posted by Twentse
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Where do people get these fireworks? Are they for sale somewhere? Do they make them themselves?

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Posted by MaryAnnMP
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm

WHERE WAS THE PUBLIC SAFETY PRESENCE ON AND BEFORE JULY 4TH? These days were (with no exaggeration) like wartime for hours upon hours that night and for many nights before. I drove around the area at the height of it after dark on July 4th and saw ONE sheriff's vehicle. They should have been swarming the areas above such as NFO, Belle Haven and vicinity. We pay your salaries and we deserve better protection from mischief. I have little to no sympathy for those injured by performing illegal acts. There were also days of uptick prior to the 4th where actions could have been taken. Lastly, did ANYONE get a summons for the maximum 50k penalty that the county texted residents was in place in RWC for these illegal fireworks? Shaking my head. Animals and people terrorized for over a week. Thank you so much. (not).

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:26 pm

"Fire Marshal Jon Johnston noted that used and unused fireworks were all around the structure. Although the occupants asserted that fireworks were not a factor, no other cause could be found, and the origin of the fire appeared to be a small burn hole through the roof, according to the district"

I wonder who the insurance company will side with, the fire department that found firework and a burn hole in the roof or the family that claims the fireworks were not responsible. Some how I think the insurance will not be agreeing with the family. I also hope the fire department confiscated the unused fireworks before they set anyone else's house on fire. Too bad they could not be sited and fined for illegal fireworks use...

You can get illegal fireworks a lot of places. It used to be a quick trip to China Town would get you anything you wanted, not sure if that is still the case. There are online places you can buy them. The one I looked at said they would not ship to California but I could easily have it shipped to a friend and forwarded to me here if I wanted (which I don't).

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