Riverside County to work on strengthening fireworks controls

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors has directed Riverside County public safety officials and Executive Office staff to work on strengthening fireworks regulations to prevent a repeat of the enormous number of violations that occurred on the Fourth of July. "It was the most number of illegal fireworks going off I've ever seen," Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said Tuesday in making the proposal for increased penalties. "It was chaos.'' Jeffries was joined by Supervisor Karen Spiegel in calling on Sheriff Chad Bianco, Fire Chief Casey Hartman and Executive Office attorneys to possibly revise county Ordinance No. 858, which sets fines for fireworks violations between $500 and $1,000, as well as establishes the grounds for misdemeanor charges. Jeffries, a former firefighter, said he
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