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Fourth Fireworks Now On Sale
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Fireworks for discharge over the Fourth of July holiday weekend have been on sale since Sunday and can continue to be sold through July 6.

By tradition, the City of Riverbank issues permits to sell fireworks only to non-profit groups as a way of helping their fundraising. Nine groups have received permits this year.

Their names and the location of their booths are: Riverbank High Band Boosters at 6331 Oakdale Road (O'Brien's parking lot); Community Praise Tabernacle at 2907 Patterson Road; Abundant Life Church at 6000 Terminal Ave.; Central Valley Trojans (a Modesto based sports group) at 2213 Patterson Road; Riverbank Christian Food Sharing at 2827 Topeka Ave; Riverbank High Athletic Boosters at 2525 Patterson Road (Galaxy Theaters); Apostolic Assembly at 2119 Patterson; Riverbank Youth Baseball & Softball Association at 3442 Atchison (Sno-White Drive In); and Assembly of God at 6344 Roselle Ave.

All booths selling fireworks must first be inspected by firefighters of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District to ensure they meet state law.

Among other requirements, no smoking signs must be posted, fire extinguisher available, no children allowed in the booths and sales or purchase of fireworks restricted to those 18 years or over.

Only fireworks stamped with the Safe and Sane logo are legal to buy, sell or discharge. Police and firefighters will detain and fine (up to $1,000 in Modesto) those firing illegal explosives.

Bottle rockets, cherry bombs, M-80s, Roman candles, anything that leaves the ground are rated illegal.

For safety, the fire marshal recommends reading the instructions on the package, not using near dry grass, keeping a safe distance, lighting one at a time, not trying to relight and having water handy in a hose or bucket.