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Police / Fire

Law enforcement responds to fires and illegal fireworks over Fourth of July weekend

Several agencies see an uptick in citations.

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Health

San Benito County urges residents to stay home on the Fourth of July

Health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

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Government / Politics

SBC Public Health gives guidance for firework stands

Operators need to have a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan in place, which includes conducting daily screening of all employee and volunteers.

While celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July may be fun for San Benito County residents, it is important for pet owners to take precautions to keep their animals safe. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle

How to keep your pets safe on the Fourth of July

Fireworks can make animals anxious or cause them to run away.

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Police / Fire

2018 Illegal Fireworks Operation

The mission of this operation was to enforce illegal, dangerous fireworks laws and local ordinances.

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Police / Fire

Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Hollister Police Department offers a few tips to celebrate responsibly and avoid an expensive citation. HPD will have a team of officers joined by Hollister Code Enforcement patrolling the city for illegal fireworks.

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Seven of 28 citations for illegal fireworks paid, 30-day grace for others to pay or appeal

People had 30 days to pay or appeal citations handed out on the Fourth of July, then another 30 days grace before being taken to court

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Police / Fire

Fireworks caused at least three fires locally on July 4

Two vegetation fires, one car fire started by fireworks

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Police / Fire

Smartphone app credited with increase in fireworks citations

Fireworks-related calls to dispatch dropped 24 percent, but reports through the app increased more than 573 percent on the Fourth of July

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Health

Police will be on patrol to enforce illegal fireworks rules

The Hollister Police Department is encouraging locals to download a smartphone app to help pinpoint where illegal fireworks activity is taking place

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July 4th block parties require city permit

Paperwork available at city clerk's office and must be turned in by June 8

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Government / Politics

Council OK’s money for fireworks show

Despite some criticism of last summer's show at the airport, the council agrees to spend $3,600 of general fund money to help pay for the Fourth of July event

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Police / Fire

Citations issued after fireworks nearly injure mother, child

Fireworks shoot into a garage, burning child's beanie and its mother's pants; two men cited. Mayor says many more citations will be mailed to local residents.

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Police / Fire

2 structure fires blamed on fireworks

There were numerous reports of illegal fireworks and 10 pounds of illegal fireworks seized, but no citations issued over the Fourth of July weekend

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San Benito Lifestyle

For Your Pet’s Sake, Prepare for Fireworks

Pets can get anxious with all the fireworks and explosives going off during the Fourth of July weekend. Pet Friends offers a few tips on pet safety