By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Garden Grove can count its illegal fireworks related citations for this Fourth of July on four and a half hands. Down from last year, the citations issued for this holiday were at a total of 23 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to police sources.
The total for how many pounds of fireworks seized was not immediately available as of Tuesday. Final statistics will be available later in the week.
In Stanton, just one citation was written for illegal fireworks, according to John McDonald from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s public information office. The OCSD provides police services for the City of Stanton.
Numbers for fireworks collected and citations issued in Westminster were not available.
Garden Grove and Stanton are two of five cities (the others are Buena Park, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa) where the sale and discharge of “sane and sane” fireworks are legal.
Not everyone agreed that Sunday’s Independence Day celebrations were sedate.
According to Cheryl Fotia of Garden Grove, a long-standing opponent of fireworks in the city, this year’s crackdown with threats of $1000 fines wasn’t as effective as last year.
“We have reverted back to our previous state, with lawbreakers using illegal fireworks,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Journal. “It’s much worse and I fear we are bordering on a state of anarchy.”
One highly visible event with legal fireworks was the pyrotechnic show Sunday evening capping the “Freedom Celebration 2010” event sponsored by Calvary Chapel Westgrove at the Bolsa Grande High School stadium in Garden Grove.