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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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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.

Jim Hart and Ruth Erickson as Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross lead the annual Kiddy Parade on July 4, 2019. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

July 4 Kiddie Parade draws a crowd in Hollister

An estimated 1,000 people gather to celebrate Independence Day.

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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San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister accepting Fourth of July block party applications

Permit applications due no later than Wednesday, June 5.

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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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Government / Politics

COMMUNITY OPINION: This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.

Celebrating the Fourth of July was hypocritical for Frederick Douglass then as it is today!

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Police / Fire

Fourth of July illegal fireworks enforcement

Hollister Police Department embraces FOREalert app to report illegal fireworks, but calling 911 and non-emergency still works as well.

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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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Government / Politics

OPINION: We are a proud and envied nation

State Sen. Anthony Canella encourages constituents to profess their patriotism

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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

Film and TV personality Erik Estrada will appear at The Vault and various venues during rally.

Sports & Recreation

Roadshows presents 70th anniversary Independence Rally, Erik Estrada to headline

Roadshows President Randy Burke said he learned from last year's mistakes and predicts a smoother-running rally

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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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Business / Economy

Arrests up 43 percent over holiday weekend

Fewer calls for service this year, but 40 percent more crime reports taken during the Fourth of July weekend from previous years.