Police / Fire

Fireworks caused at least three fires locally on July 4

Two vegetation fires, one car fire started by fireworks

The Hollister Fire Department reported that it responded to "a number of fireworks-related incidents" over the Fourth of July holiday, including calls about illegal fireworks, minor vegetation fires and a vehicle fire.

As reported by the Hollister Police Department this week, there 48 reports of illegal fireworks and more than 600 notifications through the FOREalert app that was used locally for the first time this year. Approximately 50 pounds of illegal fireworks were sized and 28 citations issued from July 1 to 4. 

The penalty for possession of illegal fireworks ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.

The fire department responded to two vegetation fires and a vehicle fire that were caused by illegal fireworks.

"Property loss is to be determined," the statement from the fire department said, "and no injuries were sustained." The vehicle fire, in which it was a total loss, happened on the 600 block of Monte Carlo Drive. The vegetation fires on July 4 were at Santa Ana Road and Lucero at 9:41 p.m. and at Fourth Street and Graf at 9:49 p.m. No injuries were sustained by residents or firefighters in either blaze.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.