MODESTO -- Plenty of fireworks lit up the sky Wednesday night in various neighborhoods throughout Modesto, only these explosives werent part of any sanctioned Fourth of July event.
Fireworks were going off everywhere, especially the ones that go up in the sky that are obviously illegal, said Modesto police Lt. Jolene Gonzales.
On Wednesday alone, Modesto police cited 21 people for either possessing or using illegal fireworks, Gonzales said. The citations issued Wednesday were for offenders possessing less than 25 pounds of illegal fireworks, which result in administrative fines of $750. The fines escalate by the poundage of fireworks seized. Those who are caught with more than 100 pounds could face a minimum $5,000 fine and up to a year in the county jail.