Severe fire dangers lead to increased fireworks patrolling
Original post made on Jun 29, 2008
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on Jun 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm
Man oh man. Is anyone else tired of the duplicitous nature of these "safe and sane" fireworks sales? Ok, so these fireworks are sold by non-profit, mostly public-service organizations which we all feel moved to support. And we all feel bad that they will suffer if we don't buy fireworks from them year after year. But then, year after year, we're told that we shouldn't be using them in Pleasanton and Livermore, that they're only "legal" in Dublin.
Now, this year, we read:
"Pleasanton Police Chief Michael Fraser said all fireworks, including the ones marketed as "safe and sane" and often sold in unincorporated Dublin, are illegal in Alameda County."
Hmmm! Am I wrong in thinking that the corner of Dublin Blvd. and San Ramon Blvd., where there are numerous stands, is in the INCORPORATED part of Dublin? Or is the busiest intersection of Dublin considered UNincorporated? Does someone have a map? On top of that, Chief Fraser says that fireworks, ALL fireworks, including the "safe and sane" are illegal in Alameda County. Well, hey, Dublin IS in Alameda County:
So what's the story, folks?? Why does anyone allow the damn things to be sold if they're illegal at the very spot they're sold? Why not just take up donations for the firefighters instead? Why play this silly game of semantics?
on Jun 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm
You are witnessing the one of the hypocrises of our society. Fireworks sales in the Bay Area are a poster child of this, and have been for years. A clear minority of incorporated cities have chosen to go their own way since state law allows it, even though the common sense of the majority has already voted against the dangers of these fireworks.
The hypocrises arises through the justification for it: Gee, Dublin something League or Dublin Youth this or that sells the stuff and therefore "IT'S FOR A GOOD CAUSE." So, what if they were selling cigarettes to minors, but "IT'S FOR A GOOD CAUSE." Suppose, these sales were instead meth, or crack cocaine, but "IT'S FOR A GOOD CAUSE."?
So, you know where I'm going with this argument. What's the counter argument? That all of the Bay Area communities that say the fireworks are unsafe ARE WRONG? That the fireworks "ARE FOR A GOOD CAUSE"?
If the argument is "IT'S FOR A GOOD CAUSE" is so powerful, let's just have every community allow the selling of crack on the corner so long as it's for youth sports, or some other "GOOD CAUSE".
on Jul 1, 2008 at 12:08 am
Would be interesting to know how many fires are actually started by these "safe and sane" fireworks. One person in our neighborhood has a big display in the street in front of his house every Fourth of July with no problem from Pleasanton's finest that I can recall.
My biggest fear is with the kids shooting bottle rockets from the Foothill High School property. Wonder what liability PUSD would face if these bottle rockets caused a fire on an adjacent property.