LANCASTER — Illegal fireworks lit up the skies over the weekend. The blasts lasted for hours, scared pets and caused multiple fires, according to social media posts.
One resident who lives near Rancho Vista Golf Course described it as the worst illegal fireworks he ever heard. The telephone number for the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station was busy, he said.
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station did not immediately have figures, Monday morning, on how many complaints they received about illegal fireworks.
A watch deputy for the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said deputes who worked the holiday weekend were kept busy. Illegal fireworks most likely caused multiple fires in the city.
“There were several fires and we were pretty much inundated with fires and responding to those because they kept starting everywhere,” the Lancaster Station deputy said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department did not have statistics Monday on how many fires the department responded to over the holiday weekend.
The City of Lancaster received more than 200 calls and emails regarding illegal fireworks. Illegal mortar fireworks could be seen exploding in the sky above Lancaster Friday night. Videos posted on social media showed the same above Palmdale on Saturday.
The City of Lancaster hosted its fireworks show to celebrate America on the Fourth of July.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a health order on June 29 prohibiting fireworks displays in the county for the Fourth of July weekend to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19.
Lancaster’s socially-distanced fireworks show, held at the Lancaster Soccer Center, turned out great, City Manager Jason Caudle said in a text.
“A lot of turnout by the public,” he wrote. “They stayed in their cars watched the show, and left back to their homes in an orderly manner. All very well done.”
Mayor R. Rex Parris said previously that the Fourth of July is such an important holiday for the nation that it deserves to be celebrated.
Patty Williams, who described herself as an “unfortunate Los Angeles County resident,” sent an email to the Antelope Valley Press to show her appreciation for Mayor Parris.
“Thank you for standing up for the American people who appreciate our country and all the freedoms provided on this soil! I applaud your bravery to host a fireworks celebration for your constituents and ask for Gods continued blessings on you, your staff and community,” she wrote.