Local police departments invite public to webinar on fireworks problem

Local police departments invite public to webinar on fireworks problem
Richmond police posted these images of fireworks confiscated over the weekend during proactive patrols.

The illegal fireworks problem has gotten so bad — not just in Richmond, but also in neighboring cities — three police departments are partnering to host a Regional Fireworks Roundable.

The Zoom event, sponsored by the City of Richmond Crime Prevention Program, is set to take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

“Fireworks regionally have been much more prevalent than they’ve been in recent years,” organizers said. “Please join Richmond PD, Richmond Fire, San Pablo PD, and El Cerrito PD for an online webinar on the fireworks situation, how public safety is responding to impact it, the roles and limitations, and how you can help.”

Last week, Richmond police reported receiving 378 fireworks-related calls within 28 days. Proactive enforcement has led to confiscations, but neighbor complaints continue.

“Fireworks are illegal in Richmond and can cause serious injury or fires,” officials said. “We encourage our citizens to continue reporting illegal fireworks around the city. As a reminder, we’re offering rewards for information leading to the seizure of fireworks.”

For those wanting to participate in the Regional Fireworks Roundtable, register for the access link here (mobile friendly link here). You can also pose a question for one or all of the agencies.Submit them online by Tuesday, June 23rd at noon. The link to the event will be sent the day prior.