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Moreno Valley cracks down on fireworks

Moreno Valley is scheduled to hold a Fireworks Surrender Event Saturday.

For the first time in its 33-year history, the city will provide residents with a safe and convenient way to dispose of illegal fireworks, “no questions asked”, according to a statement on the city’s website.

All fireworks are illegal in Moreno Valley.  Violators can be fined up to $3,500 and sentenced to up to six months in jail.

The surrender event is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moreno Valley Fire Station 58, 28040 Eucalyptus Ave. All fireworks collected will be destroyed by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s hazardous device team.

In the last two years, Moreno Valley police officers have answered more than 2,000 fireworks-related calls, with most of those happening around the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. During that time, several Moreno Valley residents have been arrested for trying to sell illegal fireworks, according to the statement.

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