From now through the Fourth of July, Watsonville (CA) police have “ramped up patrols throughout the city, on the lookout for illegal fireworks,” according to the Register-Pajaronian.
“For the first time, Watsonville Police will be issuing criminal citations to those who light up illegal fireworks such as M-80s, bottle rockets, mortars, and more,” the Register-Pajaronian said.
Watsonville police are encouraging revelers to purchase “safe and sane” fireworks, which “do not leave the ground or explode.”
The citation will be up to the discretion of the officer, depending on how many illegal fireworks are in the violator's possession or where they are setting them off.
Fines associated with the citation can be anywhere between $250 and $1,000.