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Your own show: Where to buy fireworks in Mount Shasta and how to stay safe

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta Herald
Mount Shasta High School Boosters' fireworks booth will feature a large variety of fireworks for people in all price ranges and will be open daily on Commercial Way from noon to 9 p.m. through the evening of the Fourth of July, starting Monday, June 29, 2020.

The big fireworks display over Lake Siskiyou has been canceled, but personal fireworks will be available in Mount Shasta starting Monday at noon.

Proceeds from the Mount Shasta High School Boosters fireworks booth, located on Commercial Way across from Black Bear Diner, are split evenly between all of MSHS’s athletic teams, including football, baseball, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, cheerleading, the ski and snowboard team, girls and boys golf, soccer, wrestling and tennis.

The booths will feature a large variety of fireworks for people in all price ranges and will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m. through the evening of the Fourth.

Boosters president Leslie Johnson emphasized that the booth is run by adult volunteers who are careful to follow all state and local requirements and laws.

“The fireworks that we sell are all legal ‘safe and sane’ fireworks,” Johnson said. “In our world’s current climate, these funds will be even more needed by the youth of our community. Athletic programs are a huge part of raising respectful young adults and provide so many life lessons and support for these children.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boosters ask that people use cards instead of cash when possible.

Keeping safe

While Safe and Sane fireworks are permitted in most areas of Siskiyou County, local fire departments urge residents to use extreme caution this Fourth of July season, and they remind the public that possession of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor offense.

“There is a zero tolerance policy in place for any fireworks that do not have the State Fire Marshall’s registered seal on them,” said Mount Shasta City Fire Chief Matt Melo. “Anyone who misuses or alters legal fireworks will also be cited.”

Any firework that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground is illegal, Melo explained. Examples include sky rockets, bottle rockets, Roman candles, mortars, m-80s, cherry bombs, firecrackers and helicopters.

Fireworks should be used outdoors only, away from buildings, crowds of people, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects and should not be thrown into the air under any circumstances.

Fire prevention patrols will be out in force this year, Melo said. Local departments around the county will be working with CAL FIRE and the Forest Service, and those in violation will be cited.

It is against state law for anyone under the age of 16 to possess fireworks of any sort, even the Safe and Sane variety, Melo added. “Those under 16 can and will be detained and brought to the police department if they are found to be in possession of fireworks.”

Parents should also be aware that they may be held liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks, Melo said.

“If we want to keep the tradition of Safe and Sane fireworks going, we don’t want to have any mishaps,” said Melo.

In addition to the fire danger, fireworks can be a safety hazard if not used properly. Ironically, sparklers – which are usually deemed relatively safe for supervised children – cause the most injuries, especially to the eyes, feet, face and hands.

If you choose to enjoy personal Safe and Sane fireworks this year, follow these safety guidelines to ensure a fun Fourth of July:

• Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol

• Never allow young children to handle fireworks

• Older children should use them only under close adult supervision

• Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting

• Never ignite devices in a container

• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks

• Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding

• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.

Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on National Forest lands and are completely banned in Lake Shastina and, this year, the City of Dunsmuir.