Rusty Burchfield thought the kids were watching a World War II movie on TV. The volume has increased.
It sounded like a war zone.
“I shouted to the children to turn it down,” said the local husband and two fathers. “They replied,’Dad, TV is off!'”
No one knows exactly why so many locals seem obsessed with what’s booming! At night, it seems that illegal fireworks misuse is increasing, not only on July 4th, but almost all year round. And the Birchfields are full.
“It’s constant, almost every night,” said Birchfield, a family member living in southwestern Bakersfield. “It’s really terrible, and it’s not just us, it’s all over the city.”
Larry Elman, who lives in East Bakersfield, can guarantee that.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s been going on all winter and seems to be getting worse,” he said. “I’m talking about a very big explosion. It’s not just firecrackers. The M-80 and the louder boom.”
The M-80 is a large, powerful firecracker, and concussion is surprisingly large and powerful and can cause serious injuries.
“The magnitude of those explosions is incredible,” he said.
According to Elman, it happens at different times throughout the night.From nightfall to 3:00 am
“One night we sound like we’re in Afghanistan,” he said.
According to Elman, he called the Bakersfield City Council, Shannon Grove’s Senator’s office, and Rudy Saras’s office. He tried the sheriff’s office.
Mark Duffel said he wasn’t trying to report illegal fireworks activity to the authorities, despite the fact that it’s happening almost every night for more than a month near his home in eastern Bakersfield.
“The dog is hiding behind my desk and around my paw,” he said. “I’m worried about the danger of dogs and fire.”
Birchfield also said his pet suffered from explosives and other fireworks. Both his Labrador retriever penny and his family’s pet pig olive show symptoms of anxiety and trauma. He treats olives with CBD oil, but that’s only a partial and temporary fix.
Like Birchfield, Duffle is concerned that the problem will not be resolved on its own. on the contrary.
“Without coercion, it would get worse,” Duffle said.
Last year, the Kern County Fire Department received 2,410 reports of illegal fireworks on the weekend of the holiday of July 4, 703 calls via the dispatch center, and 1,707 reports online, the agency said last year. I reported.
According to Andrew Freeborn, a spokesman for the Kern County Fire Department, this was a significant increase over the past few years when the illegal use of fireworks was fairly consistent. And it seems that the illegal fireworks are rampant this year as well.
According to Freeborn, the agency has received more than 5,600 tips on the illegal use of fireworks in its online reporting system since its inception on June 21, almost a year ago. KCFD’s dispatch center also handled thousands of calls.
However, Freeborn categorically argues that the surge in illegal use of fireworks is neither a neighborhood issue nor a Bakersfield issue.
“It’s not a county issue or a state issue,” he said. “It’s happening all over the country.”
KCFD issued 35 citations over the weekend of July 4, last year, and seized £ 2,000 of illegal fireworks.
“Last year, thanks to the tips I received, I was able to grab an entire flatbed truck full of illegal fireworks,” Freeborn said.
Carol Rhea, who lives in northeastern Bakersfield near Haley and Columbus Streets, called illegal fireworks a nightly problem. People interrupt sleep, children are scared, and pets are scared.
She said people with PTSD are also suffering, including American combat veterans.
“I call the fire department every night,” she said, but knew there was a limit to what they could do.
If people don’t call, the authorities don’t know where the problem is the worst — and those who manage the money can be pressured to crack down on the same level as the authorities crack down on rampant street races. There is none.
“I found nine apps that allow me to buy illegal fireworks,” she said. “It’s blatantly advertised on Craigslist.”
“We plan to run an executive team this year,” said Captain Michael Taylor of the Bakersfield Fire Department.
He said plans for large-scale promotion in late June and early July are still ongoing. For now, city and county people can call for dispatch at 324-6551, he said.
“As we get closer to vacation, we plan to install more reporting devices, including email reporting and mobile apps,” he said.
Freeborn said reports on the county’s department’s online system were highly favored because they didn’t tie busy dispatchers to hundreds of non-urgent calls.
Reporter Stephen Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @semayerTBC.
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