Bakersfield Fire Department handed out 48 citations with $1,000 fines for illegal fireworks as they were out patrolling on the Fourth of July.
A hotline set up to handle illegal fireworks calls received over 1,000 calls.
In the days leading up to the Forth, BFD opened a penalty-free illegal fireworks drop-off, which collected 30 to 40 items. They warned residents of the hefty fine associated with them, but it didn’t stop everyone.
The BFD sent out 38 enforcement teams this year–nearly triple the number in 2017.
Drones were also used to accurately pinpoint illegal firework activity.