Fireworks both legal and illegal will light up the neighborhoods of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster today (Thursday).
The sale and discharge of “safe and sane” fireworks is legal in all three cities, but only on private property (no streets or parks) with the consent of the property owner.
In Garden Grove, the city is in the seventh year of a crackdown on the use of illegal fireworks. Those caught are slapped with a $1000 fine.
“Based on the increased number of citations that result almost every year, the message doesn’t seem to be getting through,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Kevin Raney.
In 2012, the GGPD issues thousand-dollar citations to 77 people, an increase of 57 percent over 2011. The use of unmarked police cars is believed to contribute to the increase.
This year police will deploy an additional 28 officers, in addition to two fire investigators. Police patrols will focus on “high activity” areas including Katella Avenue between Euclid and Brookhurst streets, Dino Circle, Garden Grove Park and the Buena Clinton area.
All parks will close by 5 p.m. Park tennis courts, basketball courts and softball fields will be locked by 5 p.m. and sprinkler systems activated by 6 p.m.