Quincy firefighters remind residents not to shoot off fireworks
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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
As we edge closer to the 4th of July, you might hear the various booms and pops from fireworks, but Quincy firefighters say don't shoot them off in city limits.
Fireworks are illegal in Quincy, with the exception of sparklers and what are called "snake fireworks" that are lit on the sidewalk. Firefighter Jerry Smith says the key difference is those two don't have explosions, but they still should be used with caution.
As for other types of fireworks, Smith says they're a bad idea in city neighborhoods for several reasons, yet firefighters are still called out to them every summer
"We go on calls, whether it's people setting off multiple fireworks and the smoke traveling through the neighborhoods," Smith said. "There have been fires caused by fireworks in Quincy, but a lot of times like I said, the majority of the calls are medical calls or smoke scares in neighborhoods."
Since it is a city ordinance violation, the fine for shooting off fireworks is $120.
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