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Orientation today for Lathrop fireworks booths
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LATHROP – Lathrop nonprofit organizations that are interested in submitting an application for Safe and Sane Fireworks this year are invited to attend an orientation meeting today starting at 5 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for those who want to sell fireworks as a fund-raiser to ask questions regarding the process involved as well as other information.

Only four permits will be issued to just four qualified groups based on the State Fire Marshal regulations for Safe and Sane Fireworks. The number of permits issued is based on the city’s population. In the case of Lathrop six permits are allowed, with the two reserved each for the city and the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District which was the lead agency in getting the ordinance approved that would allow the sale of fireworks within Lathrop’s incorporated limits.

Since the city is anticipating more groups wanting to have a sale booth than the number of permits available, a lottery will be used to select those who will take part this year. Those selected this year will be allowed to apply again next year but not three years in a row. The Lathrop Lions Club and the Lathrop Morning Rotary have already expressed the desire to be in the lottery this year.

Submission of applications for the lottery process started on Tuesday. They may be dropped off at the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District Office, 800 J Street in Historic Old Town Lathrop between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Deadline for lottery applications will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. However, early submission is recommended to give staff sufficient time to review the applications and to notify the groups about any information that may be lacking. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Lottery applications have to be accompanied by a refundable $250 permit application fee. If a group is not selected in the lottery, the money will be refunded.

Those who are selected will have to pay a $100 permit fee and must be paid when they apply for a permit application. Additionally, a refundable security deposit of $250 must be paid when the group submits a permit application.

Permit application packets will be available starting June 1, also at the fire district office. This will be available also online at Deadline for permit applications, which must be submitted along with the required documentations and fees, is Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m.

All groups selected to have a Safe and Sane Fireworks booth will be mandated to attend an Operator Safety Class which will take place on June 8. At least two members of each of the organizations selected must attend the class. Failure to attend will result in the immediate loss of the organization’s permit. The class will be held at 6 p.m. in the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District Station 34 at 460 River Islands Parkway at Mossdale Landing.

For more information, call City Hall at 941-7200, the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District at 858-2331, or log on to their web sites: for City Hall, and for the fire district.