Rohnert Park approves new July 4 fireworks restrictions

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The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday advanced a plan to boost enforcement against illegal fireworks, as well as limit the number of days residents may set off legal fireworks around the Fourth of July holiday.

The City Council voted 5-0 to allow local law enforcement to ticket and fine people who permit use of any fireworks on their property not deemed “safe and sane.” Sparklers, ground fountains and non-aerial spinners are each among the list of state-approved fireworks.

The amended ordinance also will drop the number of days for legal use, from five to three. The number of days for sales will remain June 30 to July 4.

Rohnert Park is one of only four cities in Sonoma County that allows fireworks sales and use around Independence Day. The others are Petaluma, Cloverdale and Sebastopol, while they remain banned in all other cities and unincorporated areas of the county.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin Fixler at 707-521-5336 or kevin.fixler@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @kfixler.

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