BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Fire Department is allowing residents to drop off illegal fireworks — no questions asked — at a downtown station this week.
The first drop-off event was held on Tuesday at the station at 2101 H St. Fireworks will also be accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Participants can be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a package of legal fireworks.
Illegal fireworks in Bakersfield include firecrackers, devices that launch into the air, Roman candles, Ground Blooms, Piccolo Petes and sparklers more than 10 inches long.
“Illegal fireworks that go off in the air, or things like roman candles, that shoot out, can easily ignite that dry grass, which causes wildfires or grass fires,” Shane Gardner, Director of fire prevention at the Bakersfield Fire Department, said at Tuesday’s drop-off event.