Starting at high noon today it will be legal to use safe and sane for 156 consecutive hours in Manteca to midnight on Monday.
That’s because once Manteca allowed non-profits to sell safe and sane fireworks more than a decade ago they had to comply with the state fireworks law.
However, it is not legal at any time to discharge illegal fireworks defined as those that take flight, have been modified or are classified as dangerous fireworks under Section 12505 of California’s Health and Safety Code.
The sale of Safe and Sane fireworks legally start today at noon. All selling must stop by midnight on July 4. That is also the end time for the use of legal fireworks.
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, North Main Street (Near Rite Aid)
Calvary Community Church, West Lathrop Road (Calvary Community Church parking lot)
Crossroads Grace Community Church, Daniels Street (Near Taco Bell)
East Union Band Boosters, North Main Street (Near Save Mart)
Freedom Christian Center, South Main Street (Near Jack in the Box)
Love, Inc., North Union Road (Near First Christian Church)
Manteca Jaguars Youth Football & Cheer, Spreckels Avenue (Near Food 4 Less)
Manteca Moose Lodge 1815, North Main Street (Manteca Moose Lodge Parking Lot)
Manteca Police Officers Association, West Yosemite Avenue at North Union Road (Near Jack’s Pizza)
Manteca SHARP, South Main Street (Near Wal-Mart)
Order of Eastern Star Pentalpha 339, East Yosemite Avenue at Spreckels Avenue (Southwest corner near Del Taco)
Not Forgotten, Inc., East Yosemite Avenue (Near Wendy’s)
Prayer Valley Family Worship Church, North Union Road at West Lathrop Road (Near Raley’s)
Sequoia Heights Baptist Church, South Union Road (Sequoia Heights Baptist Church Parking Lot)
Walter Woodward Elementary PTC, Lifestyle Street (Near Bass Pro)
To give the state’s prohibition of illegal fireworks more teeth, the City Council put a new law that is now in effect and greatly increases the chances those individual breaking the law will be slapped with a $750 fine plus the cost of police and fire responses.
The new ordinance:
Eliminates the need for law enforcement to actually see a person discharging illegal fireworks. Instead all they have top do is ascertain the property that illegal fireworks were launched from.
uMakes whoever has immediate control of the property — if it is not owner occupied then it is essentially whoever rents or leases the property — is held responsible under a social host approach. That means landlords won’t be held accountable for their tenants breaking the municipal ordinance banning illegal fireworks.
Moves the fines and citation process from the courts to administrative citation enforcement. This typically speeds the process up plus assures that a penalty will be assessed when evidence is presented.
Allows a third party to put in motion an administrative citation by signing an affidavit. Similar to a witness to any other riminal activity, the witness will be required to attend an appeal hearing if the person cited request one — and testify if necessary.
Establishes a fine of $750 for the first violation and $1,000 for a second violation in the same calendar year. Prior fines were established by the court system.
Allows the police and fire departments to recover response costs for incidents created by illegal fireworks. This could easily add hundreds of dollars to the fine.