Fabulous Fourth

July 1, 2014 

This year's July 4th celebration and fireworks show will begin with a boat parade on Bass Lake, followed by the fireworks display at dusk.

This increasingly popular way to spend the holiday began in 1937, when Fred Homan staged the first fireworks display from the dock of the Falls Resort.

Safe and sane fireworks are the only fireworks that are allowed to be sold in Madera County and these can only be used on the valley floor, Cal Fire reminds Mountain Area residents. It is also important to remember that parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.

Anyone caught with fireworks, in the foothills or mountains of Eastern Madera County, will be cited and the fireworks will be confiscated. Possession of dangerous, illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor in California and may be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment in a county jail for one year.

Anyone who causes a fire through the misuse of fireworks is liable and will be billed for the cost of controlling the fire.

If a person is found in possession of sufficient dangerous, illegal fireworks, they may be found guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a state prison or county jail for up to one year and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

The fireworks display is sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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