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For the first time, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is holding a fireworks take-back program.

The amnesty program allows anyone residing in the district to turn in fireworks without any questions asked.

As Independence Day nears, the weather is heating up making illegal fireworks all the more dangerous in East Contra Costa. All fireworks are illegal in the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, including so-called safe and sane fireworks.

“Fireworks are illegal and dangerous both for the people who use them and, in our current high-fire-risk conditions, for everyone around them,” said ECCFPD Fire Chief Brian Helmick. “This program gives our citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of fireworks before they can cause injury, wildfires or worse.”

The district will operate three drop-off locations between now and the Fourth of July. Dates, times and locations are:

June 29, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Station 59 - 1685 Bixler Road, Discovery Bay.

June 29, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Station 53 - 530 O’Hara Ave, Oakley

June 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Station 52 - 201 John Muir Park Way, Brentwood

Illegal fireworks are always dangerous, but are even more so during current high fire risk conditions. This year, there will be no leniency for lighting them. Please help us continue to make our communities safe and turn in those fireworks.

The City of Oakley will be hosting their annual Cityhood Celebration, July 6, 2019 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. where there will be a commercial fireworks display. We encourage all residents to see this safe display and make this year a little safer for us all.