Illegal Fireworks In Contra Costa County

June 28, 2020 22:32 pm · 69 comments

Illegal fireworks are once again going off all around Contra Costa County.

Do you hear them?

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Concordejet June 28, 2020 at 10:39 PM

Oh yeeeaah! I hear ot every single night in my neighborhood. I am in Laguna St. The firework is, coming from the other side from my understanding pine street I believe from what people were saying on next-door.


KingOfC June 28, 2020 at 10:40 PM

As long as it don’t start no fires it’s all good


HateFireworks June 28, 2020 at 11:04 PM

I guess you don’t have any kids / pets?

8675309Jenny June 28, 2020 at 11:20 PM

KingOfC what is wrong with you. This can cause more than just fires.

anon June 29, 2020 at 8:39 AM

Teens started a fire at Concord High last night playing with fireworks.

Stove June 29, 2020 at 12:15 PM

I love the fireworks, keep them coming, especially since we wont get to watch a good display on July 4, but I agree dont start any fires. If your animals are scared of loud noises you need to introduce them to the real world and socialize with them, not leave them locked up along all day.

Caskydiver June 29, 2020 at 6:25 PM

yeah..long as it doesn’t start a fire, its ok. Just wish CC county wasn’t such a nanny state and allowed REAL fireworks!

Ancient Mariner June 28, 2020 at 10:46 PM

Off and on – usual for this time of year.


ConcordMike June 28, 2020 at 11:24 PM

What rock did you just crawl from under? Been going off for a few weeks now. Probably will get worse this Friday and Saturday for 4th of July (Independence Day).

RTC June 29, 2020 at 9:56 AM

I’ve been hearing them for the last 3-4 weeks.

Ilovepopcorn June 28, 2020 at 10:53 PM

Not way deep in Rossmoor. Ha ha! Yea, another perk. No worries about cherry bombs 💣 blowing up here.


Gittyup June 29, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, those Memorial Services must be a blast. Meet a lot of newly single swingin’ dudes, do ya?

8675309Jenny June 28, 2020 at 11:16 PM

Why?! It’s illegal for a reason. People do whatever they want anymore, with no regards to anyone else. Besides the risk of starting fires, it affects veterans with PTSD, not to mention the poor animals. I dread this time of year.


Barbie Girl June 29, 2020 at 9:16 AM

My dad used to make our fireworks and then have spectacular parties and shows for the neighbors. I miss those days of Roman Candles, pin wheels, pom pom cannons, star shells, .rockets. Ahh nice memories. Today’s fireworks are boring. Yes, I have kids and lots of pets. An occasional cherry bomb doesn’t bother them.

Barbie Girl June 29, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Oops I wasn’t replying to you Jenny. Sorry you hate this time of year.
I was just reflecting of (for me) an enjoyable part of childhood.

8675309Jenny June 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM

Jess I am so sorry. Loud noises really trigger me too. There is no escaping this I am tired of all the irresponsibility of others.


Look at it June 28, 2020 at 11:22 PM

Every night since mid to late May. I live by Lime Ridge. It goes for hours every night.


Murcia June 28, 2020 at 11:24 PM

Don’t be a killjoy. As long as there are no fires it’s okay


Bbbbbbb June 29, 2020 at 12:09 AM

Easy to say. My blind, elderly and diabetic dog has panic attacks every night and refuses to eat — we can’t administer insulin without food and she dies. It’s been a huge struggle for weeks just putting something in her belly, and it hurts my heart to see. I can’t imagine what individuals with PTSD have to endure.

Justifiable languor June 29, 2020 at 6:30 AM

Every night for a week is not okay. It is disturbing the peace, at the very least. It is also harassment.

Wait a minute June 28, 2020 at 11:28 PM

Yes, every day and night! At very early morning hours too. Different parts of the city have been reporting them close by. Many times, the (*just heard one*) booms are followed by sirens. I personally don’t get too bothered by the noise specifically, but I know that they are causing a TON of stress for other people and animals, and it makes me really concerned for the safety and well-being of the community. We are already under a lot of stress with COVID and social tension and now we have fireworks. If I were to get all conspiracy-theorist, I’d say whoever is egging people on to continue this “blasted” behavior (pun intended) has some kind of agenda to stir the pot by getting everyone all riled up and so agitated and exhausted they can continue to reek havoc. Some people say that stir-craziness is responsible for the uptick in firework use, but I also feel that criminal punishments aren’t being dealt as readily, so why would people care about the consequences?! That’s gotta be why so many people are speeding and looting more too. Just a slap on the hand if you’re caught. SMH


Justifiable languor June 29, 2020 at 6:27 AM

I agree. FYI (because I love reading the dictionary), it is spelled

To bring about (damage or destruction, for example): wreak havoc.
To inflict (vengeance or punishment) upon a person.
To give vent to or act upon (one’s feelings): “He sought for some excuse to wreak his hatred upon Tarzan” (Edgar Rice…
Archaic To take vengeance for; avenge.

Lizzee June 29, 2020 at 12:12 AM

They’ve bern going on since I got home, 6:30ish. It’s midnight now. I’ve bern hearing them almost every day for the last couple of weeks, but this is probably the longest spate. A few days ago, it was a bunch of bored kids kitty corner from our house. Now it seems like it’s a few blocks away.

Location: a few blocks from CHS


e.bunners June 29, 2020 at 1:30 AM

I live in Dana Estates. I too hear them going off, but fortunately for us, our double panes windows we don’t hear them that loud, but we do hear them.
The last few nights, I’ve kept my windows open; I too think they’re coming from the direction of Concord High School (our house is fairly close to the fields in the back of the school).
On some nights, it seems someone is driving around setting off M-80’s as something ‘fun’ to do. I can ONLY HOPE that this crap stops after Saturday. Hopefully these individuals will have something blow up in their hands….then let’s see if they have a change of heart of this nonsensical night time foolishness.

chickennoodlesoup June 29, 2020 at 12:25 AM

Very loud booms going off in the Crossings neighborhood. These are not the innocent fire cracker types. Super loud explosive booms. I called the Concord non-emergency line to report this has been going off for 7 days straight. Our dog is a hot mess and who knows what is going on with our military vets with PTSD. The police were very receptive to know our location and understood what is happening with our pets and our vets.
Call the police non emergency line. These folks are very disrespectful and need to be reported. Tell the police where it is happening.


Dawg June 29, 2020 at 1:22 AM

Yep, every night for a couple of months now, mostly cherry bombs, but unlike most people the sound doesn’t really bother me. When I came home from Vietnam I suffered from a little PTSD, I would hit the ground at the sound of fireworks. It took a long time to get over it but I did, and now I don’t even flinch. I have a cat and she doesn’t react at all.


JJ June 29, 2020 at 9:33 AM

Thank you for your service.
Glad you and your kitty are doing okay.

Dawg June 30, 2020 at 1:20 AM

JJ–Thank you for your kind words. Yesterday I walked up to a police officer and said, “thank you for your service.” She seem very pleased and produced such a nice smile.

JazzMan June 29, 2020 at 5:34 AM

I live in Pittsburg and see actual aerial burstS a couple blocks over in addition to the explosions. I Call PPD and tell them just look up in the sky; easy to spot. No change. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! Worse on the weekends.


AJ Buttacavoli June 29, 2020 at 5:34 AM

Yeah, I hear them every night not far away about a month now and I thought they were for BLM but then last evening I remembered the 4th of July is coming up. I can never keep up with holidays.


burnbabyburn June 29, 2020 at 6:08 AM

murcia & kingofc sound like typical 5 percenters. That small percent of the population that is the reason why we need the police, the courts & prisons. Also proof that manners and good behavior have not been taught in school for a long time. Luckily, they are well schooled in abnormal gender recognition & cali-socialism 101.


KingOfC June 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM

Let me guess is your first name Karen?

JJ June 29, 2020 at 6:13 AM

Where are Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D when you need them?


JJ June 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Oops 🙃

2Tibetans June 29, 2020 at 6:36 AM

Every night for over a month, and I live right near Concord PD so they hear what I hear. My 2 new rescue dogs are terrified and we’re all up throughout the night because of it. I’d kill for a full night’s sleep. I stopped calling the police because they require I tell them the location of the fireworks, and I don’t patrol (thought patrolling was their job).
My sympathies to Bbbbbbb and their dog, such a painful thing to deal with.
I hope for the common fireworks injuries to all the scumbags who have been detonating them.


RANDOM TASK June 29, 2020 at 8:38 AM

WOW when did america become so frail

panic attacks and ohh the horror ….this happens every year …..
nothing new and yes this is america we blow stuff up

or would you rather move to france ……

you do know that china and russia are trying to destroy us right
i hope your not in the world peace bubble because our freedom is a direct threat to socialist communism

buck up whip out your hose and be that person on watch its ok

our neighbor was always out there with their hose while we were setting off freedom in the streets

these kids have been on lockdown and missed graduations and are about to miss summer vacation …..

this is a sanctuary state by the way and if you can steal legally then kids can blow up small amounts of powder ….or are there rules now ???


parent June 29, 2020 at 9:50 AM

I don’t always agree with what you post, but for the most part, I agree with this one.

Our nations has become so frail as individuals and a country. People are upset that the anti-maskers will not take one for the team and just wear one, but then they get upset and will not take one for the team by listening to some fireworks to celebrate our independence. Now honestly, not sure how independent we are under Newscum and Humpty Dumpty in the White House, but still we can pretend to be free.

These same people want to protect the illegals, release the criminals but cannot listen to some (or a lot) of explosions over the holidays. Maybe they would rather just listen to the gunshots in their area.

BernieM June 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM

Actually, yes, there are laws.
You’re free to do what you want within the law. Not doing so is called anarchy. I dont recall anarchy being mentioned in the constitution ?

Cowellian June 29, 2020 at 10:35 AM

But California does have an official policy of ignoring laws it doesn’t approve of.

parent June 29, 2020 at 10:43 AM

@ Bernie

And some laws should be rescinded, just like some fools should be removed from office.

BernieM June 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Yes, we have processes for changing laws and electing officials. Anything else is chaos, anarchy or some other version of a dysfunctional society.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation 👍

anon June 29, 2020 at 8:43 AM

The Police can’t do anything unless they actually see someone lighting a firework in their presence.


The Fearless Spectator June 29, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Every night now for several weeks. Frustrated people howling at the moon.


Anne June 29, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Every night from about 6:30m-2:00am. Very upsetting for my animals and my neighbor with PTSD. They appear to be coming from Concord Park and are loud enough to set off car alarms and rattle windows.

I knew I could count on Random Task to make it political and chastise those who are tired of the “illegal” fireworks.


parent June 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM

Yep, he made it political, but can you see past that? Fireworks are not illegal in every state, but you are correct they are in California. Why?
Cause people cannot handle a little noise to celebrate independence.
Cause people are worried about everyone’s little tiny feelings.
Cause people cannot be okay with other people being happy or celebrating.

I am sorry for those with PTSD and for animals, but maybe, JUST MAYBE we should be addressing the PTSD issue instead of banning fireworks or loud exhausts or loud music …. Ever thought of that?

Gittyup June 29, 2020 at 10:43 AM

@parent No.

‘Cause if we learned anything from California’s wildfires in recent years, it is that with minimal rain in any given year areas become tender boxes in the summer and fall.

‘Cause firefighters have to suit up in hot and heavy wear to fight wildfires in hilly, rocky, and dangerous terrain putting their lives at risk.

‘Cause the death tolls from these fires can be staggering in areas adjacent to the wild land urban interface … like Central Contra Costa.

‘Cause good sense dictates you refrain from putting the entire area in danger from one of these wildfires.

Chicken Little June 29, 2020 at 10:45 AM

I think it might be partly because California is somewhat prone to devastating wildfires. Just saying…

S June 29, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Just saw a comic:

Smoky Bear says: Kids, don’t play with fireworks. Let adults who have been drinking all day set them off…


Kirkwood June 29, 2020 at 9:41 AM

How are the Thunder Shirts for dogs working? You can likely buy them at the larger pet stores.

Now that so many people are out of control I expect that fireworks are going to become the seasonal norm. People are going to have to adapt. Studies with rats have shown that the more crowded a society becomes, the more quarrelsome the residents are.


Lazy One June 29, 2020 at 10:37 AM

Thunder shirts work great. I recommend them for anyone with a dog that suffers from the fireworks. Please keep pets inside during this time. Be aware of what is happening in your area. My biggest fear is the fires. The hills are dry.

nytemuvr June 29, 2020 at 6:08 PM

I have something similar to a Thunder Shirt for one of my cats since they don’t make them for felines. I cut holes in an old pillow case for his legs and head then hang him up in the back bedroom closet, works great!

Chicken Little June 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM

Yes, it’s been going on every night for at least a month.

As a dog owner, I’m prepared to deal with them being terrified a couple of nights a year (July 4th, New Year’s Eve), but this is ridiculous.

Do people trick-or-treat for the entire month of October? Do they celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey every day for a month? Of course not. So why do they have to celebrate July 4th throughout the entire month of June?

If it wouldn’t also harm innocent people, I would drive through their neighborhood at 4:30AM on my way to work, blasting my air horn.


Cellophane June 29, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Fireworks are just one thing that happens when breaking the laws is decriminalized.

What happens if you are caught setting off fireworks?

A citation?

Some people don’t care about breaking what they deem to be small laws.


Karla June 29, 2020 at 3:07 PM

Why not just charge a $500 fine? Since adults are teaching children it’s ok to just do want you want. Do as I do mentality. If you want to get there attention. FINE THEM. $$$$$ speak loud.

Dorothy June 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM

Every night since early May. I don’t mind the milder ones but the ones that sound like gunshots and bombs do bother. Especially when they are close enough to sound like they are on my front porch but usually more than 1/2 a block away. The sky high ones are pretty but a fire danger.


Not Impressed June 29, 2020 at 10:51 AM

There aren’t enough police to enforce illegal fireworks. Fireworks have been illegal around here for decades nothing has changed nothing is different it will go on each and every year just like it always has.
PTSD, pets, old people, sleeping kids etc etc, not much to say other than get used to it cause it will go on no matter how often you tell the police and even if you give them an exact address they’re not going to do anything they never have.


chuckie the troll June 29, 2020 at 10:58 AM

We can hear and feel the concussion from them, but have yet to see one up in the sky. Since rioting, looting and arson seem to be tolerated, why not some fireworks? And as for fire danger, we can’t let PG&E have all the fun!


JJ June 29, 2020 at 11:21 AM

Born and raised in California.
Fires kill people, animals and destroy homes.

Mom used to tell us, “Play with matches, pee in bed”

A young man from our church blew off three of his fingers with fireworks.


Ricardus June 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM

It’s been really bad this year and appears to be a national issue. Every night for over a month is annoying. Some jerks set them off at 2-3 AM. I believe Concord PD is trying their best since the neighbors are driving around and identifying the houses and calling them with specific addresses.


Nutcreek Frontier June 29, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Like this Ricardus, neighbors banding together to fight off the fireworks morons. If you know their address, I suggest 6 am loud music outside their houses, because you know “it’s fun to wake up others.”

Kirkwood June 29, 2020 at 11:53 AM

In the evening when the temp drops below 78, I open up the house, but have heard very little fireworks activity in the Kirkwood area this year. I suspect there are quite a few empty nesters still here.


little rant June 29, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Just goes to show you how selfish people can be….Its all about me and my fun…screw everyone else and their problems with PTSD, fires, pets running away etc, etc etc…..


Not Impressed June 29, 2020 at 3:23 PM

I’m in my 60s and still like be firing off fireworks. Been lighting em off since I was 5 years old, yes 5 years old same time I fired my first rifle as well.
I’m not sorry my lighting fireworks pisses people off but it is what it is and I have pets and small grandkids now enjoying them as well.

burnbabyburn June 29, 2020 at 4:19 PM

@not impressed. Been drinkin’ since you were 5 as well?

Not Impressed June 29, 2020 at 6:43 PM

No I started drinking when I got my DL permit at 15-1/2 age. By 16 and my driver’s test I was into marijuana also none of which apparently affected me for the next 45 years.
never blew my fingers off with fireworks never gotten a wreck or a ticket for drunk driving and never had any after effects of marijuana or when into anything more than that.

I just don’t get it why so many people have a problem with all that stuff.

anon June 29, 2020 at 6:56 PM

Don’t waste CPD dispatch’s time calling unless you will sign a citizens arrest on your neighbor.


Not Impressed June 29, 2020 at 7:53 PM

Yes no cops in cities around here will do much about fireworks especially this year.
We are never worried about lighting fireworks off around here.

S June 29, 2020 at 8:17 PM
George Kimmel June 29, 2020 at 11:23 PM

Why don’t the police do something to stop it ?


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