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Posted on: June 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City Issues Reminder about Illegal Fireworks

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As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, Mayor Richard C. Irvin, the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Fire Department are issuing a reminder about the use of illegal fireworks within city limits. 

"Fireworks can cause serious injuries both to the person lighting them and to bystanders who may be watching", said Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. "In addition, the noise they make is a nuisance for many residents and most pets don’t like them either. 

The National Fire Protection Association reported that last year fireworks were also the cause of more than 15,000 fires in the U.S., including house and vehicle fires.

 "The best way to protect your family and reduce risk to our community is not to use personal fireworks - period," said Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz. "Don’t put yourself, family or property in serious danger."

 Illegal fireworks are enforced by Aurora’s municipal Code. The ordinance prohibits the possession, use, and display of consumer fireworks as defined by Illinois law within the City limits. The first violation calls for a $250 fine with subsequent violations increasing by $100 to a maximum fine of $950. Aurora Police have the authority to confiscate any illegal fireworks. 

Federal law prohibits the possession of M80s, cherry bombs and firecrackers with more than 50 mg of pyrotechnic composition. Illinois law goes further to ban all consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. Under Illinois law, possession of these fireworks may result in up to one year of imprisonment and a $2,500 fine. 

Aurorans are encouraged not to use illegal fireworks and enjoy the City of Aurora’s Fireworks and Festivities on Tuesday, July 4 at 9:35 p.m. Fireworks can be seen from both RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park where family-friendly activities begin at 6:00 p.m. 

"We have many things planned for Fourth of July festivities, from a parade in the morning to the fireworks at night," said Mayor Irvin. "Let’s come together as a community, leave the fireworks to the professionals and have a safe holiday in the City of Lights." 

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