News release - 6/16/2014

Published 6/16/2014 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Oxnard Police begin Fourth of July fireworks suppression campaign
LOCATION: Citywide
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez  
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager miguel.lopez@oxnardpd.org 805-385-7631 

DETAILS: (Oxnard, CA) In anticipation of the July 4, 2014 holiday, Oxnard police officers will enforce the ban on fireworks in Oxnard. Anyone possessing, storing, selling, using, transporting or handling any type of fireworks is subject to criminal arrest or may be issued a civil citation with a fine of up to $1,000.

This year Oxnard PD has set up an email address - fireworks@oxnardpd.org – to report fireworks in advance of the holiday. In your email, please include the exact address where the fireworks are being used. It is not necessary for you to leave your name and phone number if you do not wish to do so.
 
In response to your tip, Oxnard PD will issue warnings to residents by mail, in person or by phone in an effort to prevent illegal fireworks activity in the days leading up to and including the Independence Day holiday.  
 
Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of consumer products. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured by fireworks are under 15 years old. The most current statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that in 2011 eight out of nine, or 89 percent, of all fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency room injuries were caused by fireworks that are allowed for consumer use by federal or state regulations. Similarly, Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for one-third (34%) of emergency room fireworks injuries.
 
“Fireworks are not only illegal in the City of Oxnard, they can also be dangerous” Oxnard Police Department Chief Jeri Williams said. “We hope the public will help us share this information in our effort to increase awareness about the prohibition of fireworks in the City – and help lower the risk of fires and injuries. As with other suspicious activity, we all have a responsibility to report anything we see or hear ahead of the holiday to ensure everyone’s safety.” 

On July 4, residents are encouraged to report fireworks activity by calling the Oxnard PD Communications Center at (805) 385-7740. Please be prepared to tell the dispatcher as much information about the fireworks activity as possible including the location or the general area where the fireworks are coming from.

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